Change and restructuring of family life can be incredibly stressful, especially when this happens as a result of separation, divorce or civil partnership dissolution. We know that everyone in the family is affected: we support parents, children, young people and the wider family through family change and disruption.
The aim of mediation is to improve communication, reduce conflict and to agree on practical, workable arrangements for the future, taking into account children’s views, needs and feelings. Our focus is on putting children’s needs first and making separation less stressful for everyone.
Although mediation is primarily for couples whose relationship is over, it’s for all sorts of families – married or unmarried, divorced, separated or never having lived together, younger or older – and for anyone in your family. Parents, grandparents, step-parents, other significant adults, children and young people can all participate in family mediation.
Conflict is normal in families, and it can arise for a number of different reasons. Sometimes it helps to get some extra support to find a good way forward.
Family mediators are trained professionals who have a full recognition of the complexity of the issues involved in separation and divorce. All mediators are members of the UK College of Family Mediators.
You can refer yourselves, or ask your lawyer to refer you to mediation.