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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. No-one will make you do anything against your wishes.

The mediator will help you find a solution which works for you both and will explain what needs to happen to make an agreement between you legally binding.

FMC Registered Mediators have helped hundreds of thousands of families to agree on financial arrangements after separation, and to find a way to parent their children co-operatively after separation.

The process is less stressful and significantly quicker than going to court, and can save you money. Legal aid is available if you are financially eligible.

Mediators work with separating couples in ways that are flexible and tailor-made for your situation.  You do not have to be in the same space as your ex if you or the mediator decides that working with you in separate spaces would be preferable.

You can find an FMC Registered Mediator here.

You can find out more about the cost of mediation here.

You can find about more about the mediation process by reading about Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) and mediation sessions or by watching this video produced by the University of Exeter.