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When mediation might not be suitable

Family mediation works for many people but it isn’t right for everyone.

It may not work if:

  • Someone’s safety is at risk, for example where domestic violence or child abuse is involved. If you have evidence of the violence or abuse you can take your case straight to court without having to consider mediation. You may qualify for legal aid to do this.
  • Your dispute is about financial issues and you or your partner is bankrupt.
  • You don’t know where your ex is and cannot contact them.
  • Your mediator thinks mediation will not be suitable for you.

If your case is not suitable for mediation you will still need to show the judge why by filling in a FM1 form.