What is Family Mediation?

Father and young childrenFamily Mediation helps to resolve disputes between ex-partners, and can cover a wide range of issues. The most common issues in family mediation that we cover are over child contact timings and arrangements, which is often related to difficulties in communicating clearly and helpfully between co-parents.

Family Mediation aims to put the child(ren) first when their parents are not together. It encourages parents to co-parent well together, even when they are living separately or have new families.

Family Mediation is forward looking.  It encourages parties to move forward to avoid a conflict escalating and affecting the children.

Family Mediation is confidential, which means things that are discussed at the meetings are not shared with people outside the room. Mediation is also voluntary; you have the choice as to whether you try mediation.

Family Mediation offers a safe place and supervised space where people in conflict can come together to hold a difficult conversation, voice their concerns, their hopes or discuss their disappointments. The mediators will set rules for the meeting so that people speak respectfully, they listen to each other and don’t interrupt.

Mediation helps:

“People hold a difficult conversation, acknowledging conflict and providing a safe space where you can consider and choose solutions to the issue at hand”

“People talk about the issues they face and give them opportunity to find a shared solution they are both happy with”

“People think about what they want for the future, rather than about what has happened in the past”

Every dispute brings with it a different set of issues, and that is where the flexibility of family mediation can be so helpful to sort out a number of different situations.