Family mediation is an alternative to using just lawyers or the courts to resolve matters relating to child arrangements and finances at a time of divorce or separation.
It is a voluntary process that enables separating couples to resolve their differences in a series of meetings chaired by a mediator whose job it is to help both parties reach an agreement they each consider fair.
In combination with legal advice, family mediation offers an informed and flexible option costing less than hiring two lawyers to negotiate a settlement on the couple’s behalf. However, family mediation is not always the most suitable choice. Examples include where is there is ongoing domestic violence or where one or both participants is not prepared to enter into discussions.
In contrast to family mediation, relationship therapy is concerned with helping couples better understand each other and their relationship before a decision to separate is taken.
On this page you will find some useful information on Family mediation and relationship therapy, including details of services available, related guidance pages and quick links to helpful websites.