Mediation works because it is an affordable, cost effective way to make arrangements about your children and your finances following the decision to separate. Mediation is also helpful in cases where grandparents or other family members cannot agree about arrangements.
Mediation is an organised process in which you will be helped by the mediator to find solutions and reach agreement.
The first meeting is for you alone. It will be a chance for you to explain your situation and talk about any worries you may have. The mediator will also give you information about the mediation process and what the next steps will be, as well as sources of support and information for people who are separating.
At each stage of the mediation, the process will be explained fully. You will also be encouraged to obtain legal advice before making any final decisions.
“Deciding to separate is hard enough, the decisions that follow are made easier with mediation”
Reasons for you to go to mediation
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Find out more about the Separated Parents Information Programme and mediation with Family Matters here.