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Family Mediation Week - Is Family Mediation the right path for me?

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Family Mediation Week - Is Family Mediation Right for You?

When going through a separation, communication with your ex-partner can be incredibly challenging, making it difficult to reach agreements that benefit your family, especially your children. 

As a parent, prioritising the well-being of your children involves working collaboratively with your ex-partner to determine the best path forward. However, this can be a daunting task to tackle on your own. This is where family mediation steps in, offering a supportive and structured environment to facilitate discussions between both parties. Mediation enables a safe space for parents to consider the best arrangements for their children, taking into account their needs as they grow up. It provides the necessary time and support to reflect on what is truly important for your children and the entire family, fostering a constructive approach to co-parenting during a challenging time.

Mediation also extends its benefits beyond parenting matters, aiding in reaching resolutions on property division, living arrangements, and the structuring of future financial matters. It provides a structured and constructive platform for individuals, irrespective of parental status, to navigate the intricacies of their evolving circumstances, helping both parties foster agreements that pave the way for a more harmonious future.

Benefits of mediation

  • Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness: Mediation offers a less stressful and quicker alternative to court proceedings. It is notably more affordable compared to engaging in formal legal representation.
  • Comprehensive Resolution: Mediation is a versatile process that aids in making well-rounded arrangements regarding parenting, property, and financial matters.
  • Empowerment and Control: By opting for mediation, you retain more control over your family's future. It empowers you to prioritise your child's interests, promoting a sense of structure in the decision-making process.
  • Smooth Transition to the Future: Mediation facilitates a swift transition to the next stage of your lives. It enables all parties involved to move forward more efficiently and effectively.
  • Proven Success: With a success rate exceeding 70%, mediation is a reliable and effective process. The high percentage of cases reaching an agreement underscores its efficacy in resolving disputes and facilitating mutually acceptable outcomes.

How to choose a Family Mediator

Anyone can call themselves a family mediator, even if they haven't received any training. However, opting for an FMC-registered mediator ensures that your mediator is appropriately trained and qualified. The FMC Register serves as a reliable directory featuring mediators who adhere to established professional standards, follow the FMC's Code of Practice, and continually enhance their expertise through professional development activities. These mediators are supervised by a Professional Practice Consultant, ensuring ongoing support and adherence to best practices.

Mediators listed on the FMC Register fall into two categories: accredited or those working towards accreditation. Both groups meet stringent criteria, with those working towards accreditation benefiting from recent training and additional support from their Professional Practice Consultant. Accredited mediators, known as FMCA mediators, boast extensive experience and have demonstrated their adherence to strict accreditation criteria. Courts recognise them as the sole professionals qualified to sign the MIAM section on relevant court forms.


Family mediation can play a significant role in easing the challenges of separation, particularly when it comes to communication and forming agreements. Mediation is diverse and can help address a number of separation issues, including parenting matters, property, living arrangements, and financial matters.

We hope you found this article helpful. For additional support, whether you're looking to book an appointment or have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our experienced family team on 023 8063 9311 or email enquiries@warnergoodman.co.uk. You can also visit our Family mediation page for more information.We have a team of fully qualified FMC Registered Mediators ready to help provide expert guidance and support tailored to your specific needs.