Family Mediation

Family Mediation is a service that is designed to assist spouses or partners to come to an agreement on their separation or divorce. It is provided by trained professionals who will balance the interests of all parties. It is an alternative to the lengthy, expensive and fraught court system.

We have provided a list of questions and answers below, that will help explain the process further. Please click on a question for more information:

What is mediation?
Mediation is an alternative method of resolving all the practical difficulties that arise when a relationship ends. It is a voluntary process involving the couple engaging with a neutral professional mediator on a confidential basis in order to explore ways that all the issues can be resolved.
How does mediation work?
The mediator help the couple clarify what issues need resolution and what they hope to achieve. From there the mediators help the couple explore options and test which will work in practice for them. The process enables each person to speak and to be heard. Once a resolution is reached the Mediator draws up a Memorandum of Agreement.
How long does mediation take?
Generally each session lasts about one and a half hours and usually up to six sessions maybe required before an agreement is reached.
How much will it cost?
You will be charged on an hourly basis and full details of the charges will be given before the process begins. Unless otherwise agreed each person pays their own costs of mediation.
Does a Mediator decide for us?
No. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which the Mediator acts impartially to help the parties themselves to come to a resolution of their choosing. The parties are responsible for the content of the mediation; the mediator is responsible for the process of the mediation.
What if we cannot agree at mediation?
Most mediated cases reach settlement. This applies even in cases where full agreement is not reached.
Am I increasing my costs by trying mediation?
A small number of cases may be resolved soon after mediation. However if you do not have full settlement through mediation, thus allowing litigation then costs will increase.
When is mediation not suitable?
The Mediator will discuss this with each person and will screen each person to ensure that they are suitable to the process.
May my solicitor be present?
Yes. However mediation usually takes place between the Mediator and the couple and the couple at any point can consult a solicitor during the process.
Is mediation confidential?
Yes. Mediation is a completely confidential process.
If an agreement is not reached, can the other party use any information they have learned during the process?
No. All mediation is confidential and couple are legally bound not to disclose any information used during the mediation process.