Family mediation is a voluntary process and the couple are guided by an experienced mediator to enable them to reach informed decisions following discussion and negotiation. The mediator is appointed by the couple jointly and is strictly neutral. The mediator’s role is to assist the couple and other family members (including in some cases, if requested, the children) to reach decisions that are workable and agreed. Mediation often produces individually tailored solutions that are more likely to be satisfactory for all concerned.
Family mediation discussions are strictly confidential (save for child protection issues) and are generally far cheaper, quicker and less acrimonious than court proceedings.