Mediation services - family mediation

What is Mediation?


So What Is Mediation?

We think we know what it means for us, but do we really?

Mediation empowers family members to actively engage in decision-making, enabling you to have a say in shaping agreements that reflect your unique circumstances.

Unlike court-imposed rulings, we work together to reach tailor-made and flexible solutions that address the specific needs and concerns of your family.
The beauty of mediation is that you get to decide the outcome, instead of the courts deciding for you. I am here to guide you by sharing legal knowledge, offering understanding and empathy to your situation.

How long does it all take?
Mediation is recognised as a quicker, cheaper and less stressful alternative to the court system for separating and divorcing couples​.
You both get to decide your outcome, with my support.
What is Mediation – Are the agreements legal?
With my help, agreements can be made in a safe and confidential space to suit both parties. All agreements can then go on to be made into legally binding orders through the courts.
What if I’d rather go to court?
The law says that you must show that you have at least considered mediation before you can take a case to court, unless there are special circumstances involved, like domestic violence.
Can a mediator give me a divorce?
No. You’ll need to legally end your marriage or civil partnership, but you won’t have to physically go to court for this. I can support you with the documents you will need to submit, and when to do that.
Do we have to pay for mediation?

Legal aid is available for mediation. This means that if you’re eligible, it might be free for you. I can show you where to go for eligibility checks.

Is mediation about trying to get us to stay together?
No. Mediators are not counsellors, and will not suggest you stay together.
I help you work out what happens when you split up.
What is Mediation – are you a regulated mediator?
Yes. I am a member of the Family Mediation Council, the Family Mediation Association and the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PA’s. Every mediator also has to have a PPC (Professional Practice Consultant) and I am very fortunate that mine is also a Family Court Judge.
How do I know you’ll understand?

I understand from my own personal experience that family breakdowns and divorce can be extremely upsetting, confusing and emotional for everyone involved. I can help you apply a solution based approach to the issues you are facing with child arrangements, property and finances.

What is mediation? Mediation services - the first steps

MIAM: Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting

Court application sign-off £50
(available once you have attended a MIAM)


The law states that you should attend a MIAM with a family mediator before you submit an application to the courts (unless you are exempt). A MIAM is an individual, confidential meeting between you and the mediator. The mediator will provide you with information about the mediation principles and procedures. You will also be assessed for your suitability for mediation services.

Family Mediation Voucher Scheme
Eligibility for New Mediation Voucher Scheme
The family mediation voucher scheme is a time-limited scheme, designed to support parties who may be able to resolve their family law disputes outside of court. A financial contribution of up to £500 towards the costs of mediation will be provided, if eligible.

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Helping families reach amicable agreements in a less stressful and less expensive way. You get to decide the outcome, instead of the courts deciding for you. I am here to guide you by sharing legal knowledge and offering understanding & empathy to your situation.

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