Family mediation works for many people, but it is not suitable for everyone. For example, it may not work if:

  • Someone’s safety is at risk, for example, where domestic violence or child abuse is involved. If you have evidence of the violence or abuse, you can take your case straight to court without having to consider mediation. You may qualify for legal aid to do this.
  • Your dispute is about financial issues, and you or your partner is bankrupt.
  • You do not know where your ex is and cannot contact them.
  • Your mediator thinks mediation will not be suitable for you.

If your case is not suitable for mediation, you will still need to show the judge why by filling in the appropriate Court Form (please ask your Mediator or Solicitor, if you have one, for the proper form).