Mediation for family cases

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Mediation can be particularly beneficial where there will be a continuing relationship following dispute resolution - such as in family cases.

Family mediation can help reduce hostility and improve chances of long-term co-operation between parents and couples, for example in agreeing arrangements for their children and financial matters.

'Understanding Family Mediation' video

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'Family Mediation - MOJ' video

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For more information please see our MNW Family Mediation Leaflet

For more information please see our MOJ Family Mediation Leaflet

For more information please see our MNW Family Mediation Poster

There is also much useful information on the Family Mediators Association web site, and advice on ending a relationship is available on the Sorting Out Separation website.

We have links with other legal aid mediation providers across the country if their locations would be more helpful for you. For their individual websites please click on the links below:-

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Conditions

It is important that people in family disputes are aware that there is an expectation that before applying to the Family Court, people will need to prove they’ve considered mediation first. They can do this:

  • by showing they are exempt from having to consider mediation, for example, if domestic violence is involved; or
  • by proving to the judge that they have been to a ‘mediation information and assessment meeting’

with a family mediator but that mediation is not suitable for them.

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