This week marks the start of Family Mediation Week, organised by the Family Mediation Council. The aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of family mediation and how it can help separating families manage their issues productively and collaboratively.
Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party (the Mediator) assists those involved to reach their own agreed and informed decisions about issues arising from their separation. This can include arrangements for the children and financial issues.
Mediation can help to reduce tension and anger and improve communication. This is especially important where there are children in the relationship. The aim is to work towards an outcome which both parties regard as reasonable and fair.
To be involved in Family Mediation week and learn more about mediation, you can visit https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/fmw/
Legal aid can be available to cover the costs of mediation and the Mediator will discuss with you whether you are eligible.
The Government has also set up a voucher scheme and you can find more information about that at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/family-mediation-voucher-scheme