What is Mediation & How Does it Work?

Family breakdowns such as a divorce or separation are devastating and can ultimately create life-changing situations, particularly when children are involved. Marriage and partnership breakdowns can also lead to other ongoing family disputes that, if left unresolved, tend to intensify and can become extremely traumatic.

Since April 2011 the Ministry of Justice has ruled that mediation must be considered by all parties contemplating separation or divorce before proceeding to court. All parties now have to attend at least one Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before legal proceedings can be commenced. If no agreement to mediate can be established, the parties must obtain a form FM1 from the mediator who conducted the MIAM that must be signed to confirm that mediation is not a feasible option in their case.

As our name implies, National Family Mediation Service is established specifically to provide specialised assistance to help you to amicably self-resolve family disputes through professional mediation without the need for costly legal fees and court intervention. We do not have to tell you how difficult and stressful divorce and separation can be. Here at the National Family Mediation Service, we are sympathetic to your position and have tried to shape our service to help smooth the situation. We are offering both an out-of-hours and a remote conferencing service. This is to make it easier for those of you who are working, have moved away or do not want to attend mediation together.

The Advantages of Mediation

  • Our qualified professional mediators are experienced and sensitive towards matters involving family breakdowns
  • Mediators work to a strict professional code of practice and are completely impartial
  • Anything discussed during mediation is strictly confidential and will not be revealed to the other mediating party without your consent
  • Mediation provides a fast, cost effective way of resolving family disputes without the need to go to court
  • You are not required to be represented by a lawyer unless you wish to be
  • Mediation is completely voluntary and you decide the date, time and place for the process to take place
  • You and your partner decide on the best resolution to your problem without the need for court intervention
  • Everything discussed at a mediation is ‘without prejudice’ and cannot be used later as evidence in court

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