Every year, thousands of families are torn apart by bitter court battles. Relationships between separating parents are irretrievably broken, and all too often their children are caught up in the middle.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There is another way, a way that has helped many divorcing parents build a constructive future for their family, without a court imposing decisions on them.
About family mediation
Family mediation puts you in control, with the help and support of highly trained professionals who can help you make decisions about your future.
Research shows that mediation is often the best way for families to resolve conflicts. It is proven to be faster, less costly and – crucially – less adversarial than divorcing through the courts. Unfortunately, too few people know about it, and end up locked in angry disputes that have far-reaching consequences for them, and for their children.
Family Mediation Week (11-15 January 2016)
11-15 January 2016 is Family Mediation Week. Organised by the Family Mediators Association (FMA), our aim is to raise awareness of mediation as an alternative to court battles for separating couples.
Mediation can help you take control of your own family’s future, making constructive decisions together rather than asking someone else to decide what should happen to your children or your finances. We want to help and support people at the point of separation, and also let other people know that family mediation is an option they can suggest to friends or family members who are experiencing separation and don’t know where to go for help.
Head Of our Family Mediation Team Helen Pittard has mediated for over 20 years and believes if mediation is appropriate for the separating parties then it should always be the first port of call for family Disputes. It’s not an easy process but it enables parties to keep control of the process ,the pace and the decisions to be made, maintaining a complete understanding behind why such decisions are being made and this is so important when it is they who will be living the outcome for the rest of their lives.
Over the course of Family Mediation Week, we will be publishing information and resources to help more people understand that there is a better, more constructive option that puts children first and helps separating families create a brighter future.
We will also be having some guest bloggers explaining the benefits of a collaborative approach to managing family disputes utilising both Mediation and other support networks such as our very own parenting expert Sue Atkins, financial advisers, counsellors and even referrals to programmes such as a separated Parenting information Programme.
Find out more
To receive more information about family mediation, how it works and how it can benefit separating families please contact a member of our team here