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Family mediation – What is it and how can it help?

Problems in a relationship can be highly stressful and difficult to navigate, especially if you share children or assets like property together. Many people consider divorce or separation as a last resort, as there can be a lot of complicated issues to sort out. 

If you and your partner have decided to separate, then you may be struggling to come to an agreement on issues such as child custody, splitting your assets or deciding who will live in the family home. Family mediation is one service which can provide great help for many couples and guide them through the process of divorce or separation with as little animosity as possible. If you’re thinking about divorce and want to know how family mediation can help, read on to find out more. 

What is family mediation? 

Family mediation is a process which helps a couple (or other family members) to reach an amicable decision on issues like child custody, finance and property. Mediation is not counselling, and it won’t delve into the emotional issues surrounding a breakup, but it can help couples come to practical agreements about what will happen going forward. 
Many couples approach mediation if they’re struggling to agree about certain terms or issues relating to their divorce, and mediation can help resolve the problems before they escalate and reach a family court. 

How do I start the process?

Meditation often begins when one party approaches a mediator (usually through a family law solicitor). A brief meeting will then take place to find out more about the situation and whether mediation would be suitable. In some cases (such as domestic violence), mediation will not be suitable or recommended, but a solicitor will be able to offer other forms of help, such as obtaining a court application form or restraining order. 

How can it help?

A family mediator will offer impartial, third-party advice to help you and your partner come to an amicable and workable agreement. Litigation in a family court can be extremely time-consuming and expensive, so in most cases, it’s much better to reach an agreement together before taking things to court. Mediation also provides a calm, neutral environment where both parties can communicate in a measured way.

If you’re looking for professional family mediation, get in touch with experts at Crystal Law Solicitors. Our expert mediators have over 15 years of experience in family law and can help you reach a solution that works for all parties. While they don’t give legal advice, our mediators can explain the family court process to ensure you know your options at every stage, so get in touch today to arrange an appointment or visit our website to find out more.