Family Mediation helps couples and families address all the practical matters arising out of the end of a relationship, including parenting, the family home, and finances. The process is flexible and adapted to the circumstances of the case. Parties will work in a combination of single and joint sessions and children’s voices can also be brought into the process, directly or indirectly. Family mediation usually takes place in weekly sessions over time. How many sessions are required depends on the complexity of the circumstances. At the end of the process, a written agreement known as a Memorandum of Understanding will be produced, which will form the basis of the legal agreement/consent court order for separation or divorce.
Family mediation fees are usually charged per hour or per session, and are generally shared equally between the parties.
All types of families are welcome in mediation, marital, non-marital, same sex, with children or without, and blended families.
To find out more about different options when separating, have a look at these two short information videos, produced by the Courts Service and the Office of the Ombudsman for Children.