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What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process.

It is a way of helping you and your partner or relative resolve disputes involving children and/or other issues through face to face meetings with a trained mediator who will not take sides.

Who does Mediation help?

Mediation can help if you

What are the benefits of Mediation?

Mediation can

Research shows that three quarters of the 15000 couples who go to mediation each year do reach agreements and feel satisfied with the process

What can be discussed?

These lists are only a guide. Mediation is flexible and can help in many situations both inside and outside families. Please contact FAME if you think we may be able to help.

How does Mediation work?

You will be invited to our offices for an information and assessment meeting with a mediator who will discuss with you about how mediation may be able to help. If mediation does not proceed FAME can issue an FM1 form which is necessary for your application to court.

You will be able to explain to the mediator the background to your dispute and the issues you would like to talk about in mediation. The Mediator will explain how mediation could help you, answer your questions and listen to any concerns you may have. The mediator will carry out a financial assessment to see if you are eligible for free mediation and if not will explain Fame’s charging system.

The other party will have a similar meeting and if both of you wish to proceed and the Mediator feels mediation is appropriate FAME will organise a joint mediation session.

If you proceed with mediation your mediator will help you to reach agreements on the way forward for you and your family through a series of joint mediation sessions with the other party.

How Mediators Work

Mediators are impartial and non judgemental. They recognise that each family situation is unique to that family. You will decide what you wish to discuss with the mediator.

The mediators will provide a safe and supportive place for you to discuss your concerns and work towards a joint agreement.

Mediators do not give legal advice but they will tell you how to get legal advice or other support. They may provide information about research or options that might be appropriate for you. Mediators are will not tell you what to do and will not try to persuade you to do something you do not want.

Mediators will not say things like “You must…” or “The best thing to do is…” They will say things like “Have you thought about…” and “How do you think this would affect your children?

Following each joint session each of you will receive a summary of the session and any agreements made. This may be an Outcome Statement, Parenting Plan, Memorandum of Understanding or Financial Statement.

Confidentiality and Legal Privilege

Anything discussed in mediation remains strictly confidential. The only exception is where there is a need to protect children or adults from possible injury/abuse.

Any documents that are written about the mediation sessions are “Legally Privileged”. This means they cannot be used in court.

Legal Advice

FAME recommends that you consult a solicitor during mediation so that you understand your own legal rights and the implications of any agreement made in mediation. You may also need a solicitor to draw up a formal agreement to make your decisions legally binding.

For a list of local Family Solicitors is visit our solicitors' directory For solicitors offering public funding go to the Community Legal Service website

How do I make an appointment?

Contact us direct by telephone, letter or email. Ask your solicitor (or an advice agency) to refer you. The office is staffed 9.00 – 5.00 Monday to Thursday and 9.00 – 4.30 on Fridays.

What does Mediation cost?

Click here to see the costs of Mediation.