Family mediation is where an independent, professionally trained mediator helps you and your ex to work out an agreement about issues such as:
- Parenting arrangements for children after you break up
- Child maintenance payments
- Other finances (for example your house, savings, pension, or debts)
It can also be used to help with the other issues, such as your children keeping in touch with their grandparents, step families, or in-laws. Mediation can also be helpful when arrangements you’ve made before need to change, particularly as your children grow up.
If you go to court to sort out your issues, the judge will make the decisions. You will need to stick to these decisions even if one or both of you feel unhappy about them.
Mediation can help you stay in control. No-one will make you do anything against your wishes. The mediator will help you find a solution which works for you both and explain how you can make an agreement legally binding.