What is Mediation?

Family mediation is a voluntuary process in which a trained, impartial mediator works at helping family members to communicate effectively and to make their own arrangements for the further, particularly for children.  Family Mediators do not take sides, make judgements or give guidance, but support people to make their own decisions about the future.  Mediation is different to the court-based system, with the help of a professional Mediator, you and your (ex) partner can come to your own decisions regarding your individual needs for your family.

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Who is family mediation for?

Family mediation can work for all sorts of people, such as married and unmarried couples, parents, grandparents, step-parents and children.


Separating and managing children can be a stressful time and communication can break down.  Mediation can help with the following:

  • Comprehensive agreements: which covers all issues resulting from the separation including finance, parenting, accommodation etc.

  • Parenting agreements: which address joint parenting issues and support good parenting models.

  • Financial agreements: which covers the finance and assets of the couple.

  • Interim agreements: where the parties make an agreement for a specific time frame.

  • Partial agreements: which addresses a particular issue or issues.

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Who is family mediation for?

Your Mediator will meet each family member individually where information is shared confidentially and options may be discussed.  Following these individual meetings a joint meeting will be arranged to suit both family members or former partners, this is the opportunity for discussions to take place in a safe, non-judgemental environment, options can be explored and where possible an agreement may be put in place.  Families may have to attend several mediation sessions to reach agreements.

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is it confidential? 

Yes, Mediation is a totally confidential process between all parties.  Care is taken to protect confidentiality and no disclosure will be made without discussing the issues first.  The exemption to this is is if there is an urgent risk of harm.