What is family mediation?
Family mediation is a process in which an independent, professionally trained mediator helps parties work out arrangements for children and finances where there is a dispute.
The mediator is not there to tell each side what to do but can help them reach an agreement while trying to improve communication between them. They aren’t there to try and keep couples together but to help them find a practical way forward after a relationship has broken down.
Mediation allows the parties to stay in control, as no one will be forced to do or agree to anything against their wishes. Unlike in a courtroom, both partners can agree to a solution rather than have a judge decide for them. The mediator will work with the parties, either together or separately, to help them find a solution that works for them both.
Mediation can be less stressful than going to court, especially for children who are involved in proceedings. It is also cheaper than going through the court process, and it is also confidential unlike proceedings in the family court.
Currently, funded mediation is available only for those who meet the financial requirements through the Legal Aid scheme. If you don’t qualify then you will need to pay for mediation sessions.
Agreements made in mediation can be made legally binding by a court if necessary and the legal support to do this can be offered.
For more information, visit our article with advice on obtaining a £500 Voucher Available Towards Family Mediation Costs.
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