Mediation offers an impartial, non-confrontational, private, relatively quick and cost-effective way of approaching a wide range of family issues, including separation and divorce. All family mediation is voluntary, but the courts now usually ask couples who take their problems to court to show that they have at least considered mediation.
Mediation is confidential
Mediation is voluntary
Mediators are impartial
In mediation the family members make all the decisions themselves
Family mediation is increasingly popular with couples who have decided that their relationship is over, but who would prefer, if possible, to work together to sort out what should happen now, rather than being told what to do by the courts or arguing every step of the way through lawyers.
'The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.'