What are the Benefits?  

Family mediation:

  • Allows you and the other party to make the decisions, instead of a judge.  
  • Is less stressful than a court process, with less conflict between you and your partner, improving communication.
  • Allows agreements to be reviewed and changed if you both agree – e.g. if your situation changes, and as your children get older and have different needs. 
  • Is easier on your children when parents co-operate and helps them continue important family relationships.
  • Is quicker, cheaper and provides a better way to sort out disagreements than long drawn-out court battles – helping you to get on with the rest of your life as quickly as possible.
  • Costs are shared equally, with each party paying half of the fees.  Some people who can't afford mediation can get it for free through the 'Legal Aid' scheme.