What is Family mediation?

  • Family mediation is where an independent, professionally trained mediator helps support couples that are going through either a divorce, or dissolving a civil partnership and need to work out any outstanding issues.
  • The mediator will discuss the issues with both parties and help find practical solutions to the couple’s disagreement so that both parties can agree.

Mediation is completely confidential and is proven to be cheaper than going through a long court battle. Agreements made in mediation can also be made legally binding by a court. Lawyers can also be provided to support the mediation process if needed.


Some of the key issues that partners fail to resolve after the breakdown of their marriage or civil partnership that can be resolved in mediation include:

  • Custody and arrangements for the children;
  • Child maintenance payments;
  • Finances;
  • Property;
  • Savings;
  • Pensions;
  • Debts;
  • Step families;

A Mediator’s Responsibility

  • It is the responsibility of the mediator to help find a solution which works for both partners and to explain how to make an agreement legally binding.
  • Mediators can also be helpful when old arrangements made need to change.

Legal Aid

  • Legal Aid is available for mediation purposes.
  • Therefore, if you are eligible, mediation may be provided freely for you. It is also possible to receive financial help for legal advice to support mediation process if it is needed. For more information on legal aid please follow the link

Courts Expectation

  • The law currently states that you have to show that you have considered mediation before you can take a case to court. However, under special circumstances such as domestic violence this is not a requirement.
  • Both parties prove this by attending a Mediation Information and “Assessment Meeting” where both partners will meet a mediator to find out how medication could help them before they apply to court.


While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in this article, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. Each legal case and issue may have unique facts and circumstances, as a result legalally does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information provided. For further help and guidance, you can always rely on and seek advice from our experienced lawyers.

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