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Ultimate Guide to Family Mediation

You may have heard of family mediation through friends or relatives getting divorced, or your solicitor may have suggested you mediate on your case, or told you to go and speak to a family mediator. You may have heard good or bad things about family mediation and you may have concerns about how it fits in with your current situation.

In this ultimate guide to family mediation, we take you through the process; why the Ministry of Justice and UK Government are committed to family mediation as a way to resolve disputes; when it is not suitable or required and, if you end up at court, how family mediation plays a key part in the process.

Let's start with the basics.

What is Family Mediation?

Family mediation is one of a number of dispute resolution methods to help people reach an agreement. It is not marriage counselling and is not there to help you decide whether or not the relationship is recoverable. By the time you enter into family mediation there will usually be an understanding that the relations is not recoverable and that you need help agreeing on the financial, parenting or property issues that arise from your separation.

It is very much a process to help you look forwards - Mediate UK's tagline is 'Find Your Future' for this very reason. It just sums up what we help clients do. Family Mediation will help you answer the two most common questions that need to be answered for people going through a separation:

  1. How do we fund two households, when previously we only had to fund the one?
  2. How do we work together to raise our children when we are living separately?

If you can answer both these questions, then you are making good progress towards setting yourselves up for a less stressful future.

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Family Mediation can help when you cannot agree on:

Parenting Issues:

Such as

  • Arrangements for your children - when they will see each parent
  • Specific issues, such as schooling, vaccinations, relocation or holidays abroad
  • Grandparents wanting to see their grandchildren
  • Other family members wanting to see their child relatives
  • Child maintenance payments or other ad hoc payments for the children
  • Change of surname for your child
  • Child Inclusive Mediation - to hear the feelings of the child(ren)
  • Arrangements for school holidays, Christmas, birthdays and introduction to new partners
  • Short-term parenting arrangements before you start to live separately

For financial and property issues:

Such as

  • Financial Disclosure
  • Division of assets on a divorce or separation
  • What will happen to the family home?
  • Division of pensions, a business, or investments
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Changes to a maintenance arrangement
  • Short term finances, such as how any upcoming bills will be settled
  • Division of shared assets when not married
  • Short term financial arrangements before you finalise matters
  • Who will move out of the family home and when this will happen

Family Mediation Cannot Help With:

Such as

  • Disputes involving family members not in a relationship (such as siblings)
  • Disputes involving a parent and a child
  • Neighbour disputes; disputes in the workplace or at a school
  • Discussing reasons for the relationship ending
  • Counselling, therapy or psychotherapy (we can refer in mediation)
  • Cases where the police or child services are actively involved (unless with their prior agreement)
  • Cases where one party declines to mediate (see our blog here for more details on this)
  • Specific Legal Advice (Mediate UK can arrange this for you)
  • Instructions on what to do
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When should you consider using family mediation?

The best two people to agree the future child arrangements are the parents themselves. Mediate UK recommend the Cafcass parenting plan, which can be downloaded here.

If you cannot agree between yourselves, then family mediation is the next logical step to try to finalise arrangements.

On finances, it is recommended to get legal advice either during the mediation process or at the end to check your agreement. You can do this through your own solicitor or through our solicitors for a fixed fee. In most situations, it is beneficial to get this financial legal advice, once you have both completed a full financial disclosure. Mediate UK offer such advice, along with a written report of that advice through one of our recommended partner solicitor firms.

Generally, the sooner you come to family mediation the better for you both and the higher the chances of success. We would far rather couples come to mediation and resolve their financial, property and parenting issue quickly and cost-effectively, rather than doing so because they gave been sent to try mediation by a judge or they have spent a few thousand pounds getting nowhere through solicitors. But family mediation has helped many clients at any stage in the process - even a few days before a final hearing!

For the mediation process to be effective, you and the other party must both be willing to participate and engage in the process. No one can be compelled to go to family mediation, but the court will want to see that you have considered it, unless certain mediation exemptions apply.

What is the mediation process?

Download the Mediate UK Family Mediation Process Chart Here

Step 1 - An initial appointment

At Mediate UK we need to see you each individually for a meeting called a MIAM. This stands for Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting. The family mediator needs to tell you certain information about the process, which qualifies it as a MIAM for court purposes, and they will want to get an overview of the situation, establish the issues, your hopes and any concerns you may have.

They can then write to the other party inviting them to mediation. It does not matter who is seen first in the process and the meetings will be with the same family mediator.

For child arrangements or specific issues on a parenting matter, you can then go straight onto your joint mediation sessions. These typically last for 90-minutes.

For finances, you need to make a financial disclosure in order to proceed, unless the meeting is to discuss an urgent matter such as an upcoming mortgage payment. Read our Ultimate Guide to Financial Disclosure for more details on this. Once you have completed your financial disclosures, we will invite you both to a joint mediation meeting and take you through a process of financial mediation. This process is one the courts and solicitors will expect us to follow and can be found here.

How many sessions do I need to reach an agreement?

The number of sessions is down to you to decide based on what you need to reach an agreement. Mediate UK have no desire for you to keep returning to mediation if you are unable to move forwards or make progress. In some cases, especially where children are involved, we can decide to close down mediation if it is simply not working for you. We will hold a case review after four joint sessions to see what else can be done to help you finalise an agreement.

The average number of sessions for child arrangements is two or three 90-minute sessions and for finances, three or four 90-minute sessions.

How much does family mediation cost?

According to the FMC's survey, the national average cost for family mediation is £140 per person per hour inc VAT. Mediate UK charge a fee of £130 including VAT per person per hour for mediation.

Some companies will charge more depending on your income or the total value of the asset base. It is important to note, that Legal Aid is still available for anyone on certain qualifying benefits or low incomes. You can find out more and see if you are eligible for legal aid here.

You can read more about who pays for mediation in our blog "Who Pays For Family Mediation?".

What are the benefits of family mediation?

  • It is far quicker to reach an agreement than other methods. For finances, the average length of time to receive a final court order is 11.5 months. For parenting the average wait for just an initial hearing is 3 months.
  • It is more cost-effective. The average spend for family mediation for finances through mediation with Mediate UK is £540. You will be quoted in excess of £20,000 plus VAT to be represented by a solicitor through to a final financial hearing.
  • It is more amicable. In mediation you are working together to solve a problem. How are we going to divide up these assets fairly? How are we going to make sure our separation does not impact our children? In court you will see yourselves as Client A vs Client B. There is nothing like a prolonged court experience to damage any ongoing parenting relationship.
  • You keep control of the outcome. At court you will be given an order which you have to follow. And that can be difficult if you disagree with the court's decision.
  • Family mediation can help with matters such as ongoing communication, what you will say in front of the children and how you will deal with issues that a court would not make a judgement on, such as discipling children.
  • Family mediation is without prejudice, confidential and a safe environment in which to discuss matters and make proposals. It is a problem-solving experience as opposed to a confrontational one.
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Why do I have to mediate?

You don't have to mediate. But you need to show the court you have at least considered family mediation by way of attending a MIAM, before you make an application to the court on most financial or parenting matters.

The courts will want you to have tried to resolve matters amicably beforehand and it can be important to show you have acted reasonably and responsibly in attempting to do so. Most cases heard at court could and perhaps should, have been resolved outside of court. Because of this it is important to have at least found out about family mediation. Our blog, "Will it look bad if I refuse to go to mediation?" goes into more details on this subject.

Why do we need to meet the mediator individually at first?

Family mediators need to check that family mediation is suitable for your situation. They can only do this when they have had a chance to speak with you individually. In addition to this, family mediators need to check for any imbalances in power, and set a plan for the joint mediation sessions. It is important that you have a chance to speak clearly and openly as well, prior to any joint mediation with the other party. Doing so is more likely to get an outcome to benefit you both, rather than starting with you both in a room together from cold. Finally, they need to give you certain information about family mediation in order to qualify it as a MIAM for court paper purposes, should they later be required.

What is the mediation process?

Having held your MIAM there are a few outcomes.

  1. We can write to the other party, inviting them to mediation. Mediate UK send up to two approaches over a 3-week period
  2. You may decide that family mediation is not suitable for your situation and we can release a form to allow you to go to court
  3. The family mediator may decide that family mediation is not suitable and will sign off a form accordingly for you
  4. You may want some time to consider your options, speak to family and friends or take some legal advice before deciding how best to proceed

You can read all about a MIAM and the possible outcomes here.

Step 2 - Joint Mediation Sessions

Proceeding with mediation and showing up for the sessions

The first mediation meeting can be scheduled if you and your ex both agree that you want to mediate on the issues.

A document called an Agreement to Mediate must be signed by the family mediator and both parties before the mediation can begin. The family mediator should make sure that both of you understand the agreement and allow you to raise questions. Family mediation cannot commence until all parties have signed this agreement.

The family mediator will assist you both (individually or jointly) in going through all of your concerns, considering your choices, and determining whether or not they would work in reality.

There are typically two to three sessions in which parents can agree on child-related concerns, whereas three or four sessions are usually needed to resolve financial difficulties. These sessions usually take between an hour and two hours, with the average being 90-minutes. Depending on how far apart you are in your views and how intricate the matter is, the number of sessions you require may vary.

In between sessions you may be asked to gather further information such as valuations for assets, examples of suitable properties to meet your needs, or to find out your mortgage capacity.

What does the mediator do in family mediation?

There are two key areas you are purchasing when you take up family mediation to resolve your issue:

  1. You are buying a mediation process - that we know works in 90% of cases
  2. You are paying for the family mediator's expertise to guide you through that process

It is rare we will divert from the mediation process that we know works as the mediators have just one aim only for you as clients - to help you reach a fair agreement.

As a third party, the mediator's job is to ensure that each of you has an opportunity to state your case, especially if one of you is better at articulating yours than the other.

During the mediation process, the mediator may recommend that you seek further assistance, such as from a financial or mortgage advisor or a child health professional or your employer.

They can give you options to help you discuss and narrow down choices. They can share legal knowledge and experience of how family law works or what other people have tried in a similar situation. But they cannot tell you what to do, cannot give you individual legal advice and will always remain 100% impartial.

Mediate UK have a wealth of information, legal guides and handouts, explaining each area of a divorce or separation. These can all help you to reach a good agreement and plan for the future. If you need any help on any area, you should always ask your mediator for help and they can signpost you in the right direction.

Does Family Mediation Work?

Yes. You are buying into a process that works for 90% of our clients who go on to joint mediation. The reason it works so often is the process we use, the skill of family mediator to guide you through that process and the fact that mediation is such a better alternative than going to court.

Get in touch to find out how Mediate UK can help with your parenting or financial dispute, or with a divorce, separation or legal advice. Call 0330 999 0959 or click here.

How do I prepare for family mediation?

You do not need to bring anything with you to your MIAM appointment. However some people like to have a list of questions, just to make sure they do not forget to ask anything or address any concern they may have.

For a joint mediation sessions on parenting in can be helpful to consider what outcomes you would like to achieve from the meeting; how you see things working in the future with the children and whether you want to engage in child inclusive mediation.

For joint mediation sessions on finances, you will ideally need a full financial disclosure and the relevant proofs for your first session in order to get best value from the process. This is not always relevant if you have agreed to start the conversation or need to address an urgent matter first of all. It can also be helpful to have an idea of how you will fund two households from the asset pot and what your realistic needs are moving forwards. Mortgage capacity and property searches can help with this aspect when relevant to your situation.

Also remember to request a Cash Equivalent Value (CEV) for any private pensions you hold (your pension provider has up to 3 months to send you this) and use this link to see if you national insurance contributions are up to date, which can affect your state pension.

The other party says they will not budge in their view, is there any point coming to mediation?

This is a common scenario and we have many cases where this was said at the start and then a compromise has been reached. What two parties say to each other in hurt or anger can be quite different to what is discussed in family mediation.

What does the family mediator actually do?

The mediator will ask you and the other party to agree to a variety of things regardless of the difficulties you are trying to resolve in mediation. Here are a few examples.

  • Make an effort to listen to one another and avoid interrupting or talking over one another.
  • To avoid blaming each other, concentrate on addressing the issues instead of blaming each other.
  • Keep to any interim agreement reached, so that progress may be accomplished.
  • Concentrate on the present and your future needs, not looking back
  • Prioritise and focus on any children you have in your discussions
  • Keep the discussions moving forward
  • Ensure you both have a chance to have your say and explain your point
  • Take you through a progressive mediation process

Getting some legal advice as you go

It's a good idea to consult with a lawyer in between sessions to make sure the terms of your agreement are fair to you.

Ideally, you want this advice to be realistic, focused on need and based on a full financial disclosure from both sides, so that they can understand the full financial picture. You can also take advice at the end of the process, once a Memorandum of Understanding has been produced.

You can use your own solicitor for this or Mediate UK can help with realistic fixed fee legal advice, including a written report of that advice.

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Step 3 - finalizing the terms of your agreement

By this step, you will have reached an agreement through family mediation! You now have a few choices.

You can simply put into action what you have agreed. This is common place on a specific issue such as which school your child will attend or an agreed decrease in spousal maintenance.

Otherwise, the mediator will write down everything you have agreed in a memorandum of understanding for finances or a parenting plan for child arrangements. There is a separate cost for these documents, which is usually shared between you. For finances they will also produce an Open Financial Statement (OFS). This will be used by your solicitors and can be shown to the court. So it is important it is accurate.

From a legal perspective, these papers are not legally binding. However Mediate UK work with our partner solicitors to offer all our clients fixed fee legal documentation, to make their agreement legally binding. The following options are open to you:

  1. A solicitor drafted Separation Agreement. Please see this blog for details of what these agreements do and don't cover.
  2. A child arrangements order - where the court agree it is in the interests of the children to have your agreement made legally binding.
  3. A financial consent order - where the court will make your financial agreement legally binding and can include a clean break for you both as well. This can only be drafted on a divorce.

I just want to go to court. Why do I have to consider family mediation?

Because you are asking a court to make a judgement on your issue, they want to ensure that you have acted reasonably and responsibly to try to come to an agreement beforehand. Part of this is considering family mediation by way of the MIAM.

There are several exceptions to this rule - fifteen in total. The exemptions tend to be around urgency due to safety, or where domestic abuse has recently taken place. You can read them all here.

What if I don't want to mediate or the other party refuses to mediate?

By having at least considered family mediation by way of a MIAM, you can apply to court and they will ultimately make an order. The court will want to see that you have attended a MIAM, by way of a signed court form:

But when you get to court, the judge will want to know your, or the other parties' reasons for declining mediation. And if they consider the case suitable for mediation, they can adjourn the hearing whilst you try and resolve the matters through family mediation. Even in such a situation, you don't have to mediate, but the judge can take this into account when making their order, and especially around deciding who pays for the legal costs.

Our blog, "Why do family mediation before court?" Goes into more detail on this subject.

Can I have someone with me for family mediation?

Each family mediation service will have their own rules on this. Mediate UK have the following policy:

  1. You can have someone in support at a MIAM. You should let the office know in advance so they can forewarn the mediator. The mediator may want to check you are there on your own volition.
  2. If you need a translator, signer or someone else to aid understanding you can have a person of your own choosing present at a MIAM.
  3. In joint sessions, you cannot have someone with you, unless by agreement with both sides and with the pre-approval of your mediator. There may be circumstances where a family member or someone else who both sides feel will add benefit to the discussion can be included. We would not want to frustrate the process for you both in such instances.
  4. For interpreters, signers etc the mediator needs to instruct them on their behalf - they cannot be instructed by the individual in joint mediation meetings.
  5. In shuttle mediation you can have someone sitting with you. They cannot mediate on your behalf and they cannot be a solicitor or barrister etc.

Do we have to be in the same room together or on the same screen?

No, you don't need to be together on the screen or in the same room, although do carefully consider trying to mediate this way. It will make the mediation quicker and potentially more productive for you both. If you cannot be in the same room or on the same screen, then speak to your family mediator about this at your MIAM. Both parties need to agree to shuttle mediation, it is usually held over a longer time period and if face to face, the office will need to hire an additional room and arrange separate arrival and departure times. Most shuttle mediations now are therefore held online, where you are on separate screens.

The mediator will usually allocate 15-minute slots for each of you to enable parity, although his can of course change as the circumstances dictate. There is a full guide to shuttle mediation here.

Who pays for the mediation?

Prices are usually quoted individually and you each pay your own share. In some cases one party will cover the full cost of mediation, but this is done by agreement beforehand.

If you are eligible for legal aid, you do not have to pay for mediation and the other party will have their MIAM and the first session covered under the legal aid - even if they are not eligible themselves.

At the time of writing the government have a voucher scheme for up to £500 towards joint mediation session on parenting matters only. This fund has been extended a few times, into 2022, but it is worth asking if it is still available.

Our blog "Who pays for family mediation" has more details on this subject with some example cases.

Can I be forced to pay for mediation?

Not in most circumstances, no. There may be a situation where a judge order you to try mediation before making a judgement on your issue and they may order who will pay for the cost of mediation. But in most circumstances, you cannot be forced to pay for family mediation if you do not wish to. Although you would need to weigh up the costs of family mediation against the costs of resolving issues through other methods.

How do I choose the best family mediator?

The best place to start is to enquire with friends and relatives for referrals, or, if you have one, contact your solicitor for recommendations. Alternatively, you may use the Family Mediation Council's mediator search engine to locate a mediator in your area.

Before you proceed with a family mediator it is worth undertaking a few quick checks:

  1. Ensure they are registered as a family mediator on the Family Mediation Council website. If they are not, then it is unlikely they are registered as a trained family mediator and they are not governed by the statutory body.
  2. Ensure they are registered with a member organisation.
  3. Check the reviews for the individual mediator and the mediation service. Are the reviews good or mixed? Are there a few hundreds of them or just a handful? And are they recent or from many months, or even years ago?
  4. Ask for a full price breakdown of how much mediation is likely to cost. Consider matters such as the costs of any paperwork at the end of the mediation process and any other admin costs, so you do not have any surprises along the way.

Our blog - "How to find the best divorce mediation service near me" goes into more detail on this subject too.

Does my mediator need to be a solicitor as well?

The short answer is no, they do not also need to be a solicitor. Many family mediators were previously solicitors and either retired or grew tired of the conflict it can bring. But a mediator's skill is in taking you through a process, keeping you focused on an end goal and sharing options with you to make decisions. Those skills are the important ones required to help you reach an agreement, alongside those of empathy, impartiality and congeniality - you need to get on with the mediator and feel comfortable in their presence.

Questions you may like to ask your family mediator are:

  • How much experience does the family mediator have? Is the mediator a member of a professional organisation? Do they have professional indemnity insurance to mediate?
  • On an annual basis, how many mediations do they conduct? If they are a full-time solicitor or spend the majority of time on civil mediation, they may not be the best fit for your family case.
  • How much will each of you be charged for each mediation session?
  • Do they have a full list of costs? Does your income or overall asset value affect this cost?
  • When are they available for your mediation? If your mediation sessions must be held in the evenings or weekends, this is an important consideration in deciding who to use
  • Are they going away on any leave or training soon? What happens if the mediator is unavailable?
  • If you don't get on with the mediator at the MIAM, will they refund you or offer you a MIAM with a different mediator?
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Can my children have an input in the process?

Yes, depending on their ages, the input of a child can be a vital part of the process on child arrangements. If you apply for a child arrangements order, the court are likely to appoint Cafcass officers - specially trained social workers - to interview the children and then compile a report back to the court. The judge will use this report to help them make an order.

In mediation, Cafcass do not get involved, but you may agree as parents to have the voice of your children heard in the process. This is called Child Inclusive Mediation and is recommended when the children are over 10 years of age and in some cases aged between 8 and 10 years old. The child inclusive mediation will be conducted by a specially trained family mediator and both parents need to agree to it. A child will never be asked to choose between parents. There is a full guide to Child Inclusive Mediation here.

I don't trust the other party to follow through with what we agree in mediation

This is a common concern and one you can alleviate by having your agreement made legally binding. But also remember, your agreement will have been reached by consensus between you. Research on this subject shows that the agreement is more likely to be stuck to, than by one that has been imposed on you by a third party - which the other party might well not agree with.

I am worried I will agree to something that is not fair

The mediator is there to guide you through a process to help you reach a fair outcome. They can also share legal knowledge on what the courts will and will not consider to be a fair agreement. Your solicitor can also take a view on your agreement and finally the court will need to agree it is fair if you are applying for a financial order or child arrangements order by consent.

My ex won't make a full financial disclosure through mediation

Mediation will give you both a chance to make a financial disclosure in order to resolve issues on finances and/or property. At Mediate UK you can make this disclosure on a Form E or on our own solicitor approved spreadsheets. This disclosure, along with the relevant proofs are then swapped between you and you have the opportunity to ask questions or request further information. If one party does not make a disclosure or refuses to provide reasonable proofs, then mediation will discontinue and you will need to apply to the court for an order, where such matters will be decided upon.

You can read all about financial disclosure and the implications of not making a full disclosure here.

I'm concerned about the prospect of having to present my own case. Is it possible for my lawyer to accompany me to the mediation sessions?

Typically, your lawyer will not accompany you to the mediation session. After each session, you may get legal counsel from a qualified professional to ensure that the agreements you come to are fair. It is the mediator's responsibility to ensure that you are adequately heard and that your argument is understood by everyone in attendance.

There are, however, other alternatives. Collaboration Mediation, and Hybrid Mediation are examples of two such approaches.

Collaborative mediation
is where you both have your legal representatives with you alongside the mediator. It is more popular in the United States than in the UK at present. Sessions are usually held over a longer time period but in one sitting, with the aim to reach an agreement the same day.

Hybrid mediation
involves using legal representatives and other professionals alongside the mediator. It is useful for complex cases, or those with a child safety concern. Again, sessions usually last longer, sometimes up to a whole day with the aim of finalising agreements at that session.

You can read more about these and other options to reach an agreement here.

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My ex-partner is very persuasive and charming. How can I be confident that the mediator will not be prejudiced?

Mediators are taught to remain objective in their work. They are not going to take sides or determine who they like the most. Professional family mediators make certain that both of you have the chance to express yourselves and assist you in developing a mutually agreeable strategy for the future. Talk to the family mediator about any concerns you have at the initial meeting before you begin mediation, to ensure that you have faith in their capacity to stay neutral throughout the whole mediation process. Neutrality is the key factor for any family mediation. Your mediator would not be able to practice as a family mediator for any long period of time, if they were not 100% committed to neutrality at all times.

My legal counsel has advised me on what I should do, but my ex-husband is not going to consent to that course of action. Is it really worth it to go through with mediation?

Yes, you should still attempt mediation to reach an agreement. Your solicitor will have given you the best advice for you - and they are professionally obligated to do just that. The other party may disagree or may have had different legal advice. The mediator can work with you both to reach a fair agreement.

My solicitor has told me if I go to court, I will most likely get the outcome I want, so why do I need to mediate?

It's important to remember that the advice you have received from a solicitor was likely based on the fact that they believed you could fight for a certain outcome, not that a court would definitely grant you that particular outcome, or indeed that a particular outcome is the only thing that would be fair in the circumstances.

Your ex's solicitor may provide them with differing information about what a judge could order in your case. No one can accurately predict what the court would or would not decide. Otherwise, no one would ever need to go to court! The other party may make an argument that the judge decides to take into account.

The bottom line is, when you go to court you are delegating the decisions to a third party to make. In family mediation you are making those decisions between you.

I don't believe we'll ever be able to agree terms. Going directly to court simply appears to be a more expedient and convenient option.

Sometimes you may feel like saying, "fine, I'll see you in court." But do take a look at the reality of that decision. Firstly, as we have established, the court will want to see that you have considered family mediation before hearing your application and will possibly refer it back to mediation if they consider it a more suitable option for your case. They are unlikely to make an order at the first hearing - and that first hearing is likely to take two to three months to be heard. The average financial hearing process consists of three separate hearings, takes 11.5 months and costs £20,000 plus VAT if you are represented. It is not a quick or cheap option. And the outcome may not even go the way that you would have liked.

Mediation has broken down. Do we have any other options other than court?

Yes, you have 11 options to reach an agreement. And you may even try several of them before you finalise an agreement. Family mediation is just one of the options. You could go to arbitration, or use a barrister review to give you an independent view on the unresolved issues. Our blog goes into more detail on the options open to you here if mediation breaks down.

How are Divorce Negotiation and Family Mediation different?

Family mediation is a regulated process that replaces going to court. The Family Mediation Council sits within the Ministry of Justice. Divorce Negotiation is usually conducted by a person with legal knowledge but they are not in a regulated process. Anyone can call themselves a divorce negotiator and set up a business offering this service.

Mediate UK do offer a service for clients who have reached an agreement but do not want to use separate solicitors. This is where you want to have your agreement sense-checked by a neutral and independent third party. But we only use family mediators who are or were family law solicitors for this particular service, as it is a very specialist skill set needed. There is more information on this Divorce Expert service here.

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Where can I find out more information about family mediation?

Take a look at our guides:

If you want to have a personal 1-2-1 appointment to go through all your options, then you can book in a consultation with our Business Support.


Family mediation is a less stressful, quicker and more cost-effective way to reach an agreement on the parenting, property and financial issues surrounding your divorce or separation. Mediate UK are the top-rated family mediation in England & Wales and are ready and willing to help you reach a fair agreement and find your future.

To start the mediation process with your individual MIAM, to get a signed form for court, or to enquire about our fixed fee legal packages and legal advice, just contact us using the below form or give us a call on 0330 999 0959.

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