Family Mediation Services

The Family Mediation Clinic can help you find your own solutions following separation or divorce, without the need for court enforced decisions. Our experienced mediators and family practitioners know how to help separated couples not only save time and money, but also to help lay the foundation for a healthy post-separation co-parenting relationship.

Why choose family mediation?

Separating couples need to make tough decisions in difficult circumstances. Trying to put your feelings to one side and communicate with your ex-partner is more difficult than it sounds. A family mediator works alongside you both, helping you make agreements about what will work best for you and your family, without having to go to court and ask a Judge to decide for you. 

Because the government and courts agree that mediation is the best way to sort out family disputes, in most cases you have to attend mediation before you can make an application to court.

Our ethos

Our primary purpose is to get families to the end of the process with minimal emotional damage, disruption and cost. We believe in working with clients holistically to reduce conflict and avoid the need for expensive and stressful court proceedings.

Is mediation right for you?

Our Clinical Director undertakes an initial mediation information assessment meeting along with ongoing screening and safeguarding checks, to assess whether mediation is suitable for your situation.

Mediation is less expensive and far quicker than going to court. Making agreements through mediation rather than through the court process also enables you to keep control of your family’s future, and is less emotionally damaging. It is a process which works, with agreement reached in over 70% of cases. 

Even if you’ve been separated for a while, or if your case has already gone to court, mediation can still help to resolve things. Whether you are a parent or not, mediation can help you reach agreement about how to divide what there is, where you will live, and how your future finances will work.

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Mediation is a far more cost-effective method to resolve your dispute. A solicitor will quote upwards of £20,000 plus VAT if your case goes to court for a full financial hearing. Our mediation packages are amongst the most cost-effective options available.

Who pays for mediation?

We strive to offer the most appropriate, effective and affordable level of support for your case. All of our fees are fixed and inclusive of VAT. Most couples will split the cost 50/50.

At your individual pre-mediation meeting (find out more in our Wellbeing Hub), we will gain a deeper understanding of your family circumstances.

The aim of this meeting is to find out more about what you hope to achieve from mediation and identify any barriers that may get in the way of getting there. We then identify the right professionals to work with you both.

We strive to offer the most appropriate, effective and affordable level of support for your case.

All of our fees are fixed and inclusive of VAT. Most couples will split the cost 50/50.

Family Mediation FAQs

What is family mediation?

Family mediation is a process in which an independent, professionally trained mediator helps you work out arrangements for children and finances following separation. Mediation can also be helpful when arrangements you’ve made before need to change, particularly as your children grow up. Mediation helps you stay in control. The mediator will help you find a solution which works for you both and no-one will make you do anything against your wishes.

How is it different from using lawyers?

Unlike negotiating through your lawyers, family mediation allows you to speak directly to each other, so that you can both explain what you are feeling and what is most important to you. It also lets you focus on the things that really matter to you as a family.

Are the decisions we make legally binding?

The decisions you reach aren’t legally binding on their own. But you can ask a court to make what you’ve decided into a legally binding consent order. Your mediator can explain what this is and how you can get a consent order.