Family Mediation – with a trained, professional Mediator – is available via video conference, and is free if you qualify for legal aid.
A registered family mediator can help you make agreements about things that are important for you and your family when your circumstances change, for example in divorce or separation.
Mediators can help you make new or revised arrangements during the current restrictions on movement due to coronavirus, and help you agree temporary arrangements that can be looked at again when circumstances change. They will do so via video conference or, if video is not possible, via telephone.
In all cases, a pre-mediation meeting (often called an assessment meeting, a Mediation Assessment and Information Meeting or MIAM) will take place online between you and the mediator, to check it if it safe to proceed to mediation and to explain the mediation process to you. The mediator will also meet with the other party to the mediation for the same reason. If you both choose to proceed to mediation, the mediator will set up a mediation meeting to take place online.
Registered mediators must adhere to the FMC’s Code of Conduct, which requires them to remain impartial and maintain confidentiality throughout the mediation process. The arrangements which family mediators put in place for video or (if video is not available) telephone mediation will ensure these principles are respected.
To find out more, contact an FMC registered mediator. You you can search for mediators offering online mediation, including those who offer legal aid, here.