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What is family mediation?

Family mediation offers you the opportunity to settle family disputes and make difficult decisions regarding parenting and child arrangements, divorce, separation and finances. 

Often people think family mediation is only available to those who wish to resolve family disputes around the children or those going through divorce preceding’s. Mediation is also suitable for discussions about finances, unmarried couples, grandparents and complex family disputes that can include multiple family members. This list is not exhaustive. Mediation is done on a case-by-case basis. Our Family Mediators here at Centre for Resolution will take their time to see whether family mediation is the right process for you. 

Our family mediators can assist with providing you with information about separation and divorce processes. As family mediators we do not give advice but we will work with you to find the next steps.

The family mediation process

Before you start the mediation process you will attend a first meeting known as a MIAM (Mediation Information Assessment Meeting). Usually you would attend this meeting on your own. In this meeting the mediator would discuss whether you are eligible for legal aid, the costs, information about mediation and how it would work and to see if mediation is the right process for you. At the end of this meeting you would decide whether you want to continue with mediation. A MIAM in most cases would be a legal requirement before the court would accept your application for an order. 

After the MIAM if both parties decide mediation is something they would like to continue with then joint mediation sessions will begin. Both parties must agree that they wish to engage in mediation for it to go ahead. 

If, after you have attended a MIAM, you decide mediation isn’t the right process for you, the mediator will still sign the C100 form, which will enable you to make an application to the court. 

If after the first meeting you decide this process is not for you it doesn’t mean that you can’t revisit it at a later date. 

Don’t feel you can’t attend mediation because you’re in conflict with one another. It is normal for those who enter mediation to not be getting along. This is what Centre for Resolution’s Family Mediators are here to support with. Our family mediators are here to make sure that your voice can be heard in an environment that is safe, in order for agreements to be made. 

If you feel it may be too difficult to be in the same room as the person you are coming to mediation with, we also offer Shuttle Mediation. This is when you would both be in separate rooms and the mediator will go from one room to the other summarising what has been said from one party to another.

Family Mediation Costs

Public funding is available to some clients, making family mediation free of charge or partially funded. In your first meeting we will carry out a means test to see whether or not you are eligible for funding. Centre for Resolution don’t have a legal aid contract and therefore can only accept cases that aren’t funded by legal aid. 

If you would like to check if you are eligible for legal aid you can ring the legal aid helpline on 0300 200 2020.

If you are eligible for legal aid we can signpost you to family mediation services who offer family mediation funded by legal aid. 

Click here to find out more about the costs of family mediation in and around Worcester.

Benefits of Centre for Resolution’s Family Mediation:

  • Faster, cheaper and more flexible than going to court 
  • Puts you in control of the outcome rather than the courts
  • Can improve ongoing relationships between parents
  • It is voluntary so you can end it at any time
  • Can improve communication 
  • Provides you with a safe space to speak openly
  • Easier on the children when parents are amicable 
  • Less confrontational than going to court 
  • Recognises the past whilst focusing on the future
  • Can re-build trust 

Although family mediation can be very helpful, it is not a process that is suitable for everybody. 

These things may prevent mediation from working: 

1. If there has been domestic abuse in the past, mediation can still be a positive way to sort through family disputes but if there is still abuse or intimidation then it may not be appropriate. 
2. Bankruptcy 
3. Child Abuse
4. If you don’t know where your ex partner is or have no way of contacting them
5. The mediator thinks that mediation isn’t suitable 
6. Mental or physical incapacities that prevent you from making informed decisions

We understand that most people considering family mediation are doing so in difficult times. We are here to listen and if you wish to know more about the process or have any questions please get in touch. 

We are a proud member of The College of Mediators. 
What do people say about our family mediation service...
''When it came to the day of mediation, I felt understood, confident and as if the outcome would be positive. Without their help in preparing me for the mediation, I don't feel the outcome would have been as positive as it was.''

All of our family mediators are registered with the Family Mediation Council.


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