Family Mediation Week 2024 will take place between the 22nd and 26th of January 2024. The campaign, organised by the Family Mediation Council, aims to raise awareness of the benefits of engaging with the mediation service.
Throughout the course of the week, the Family Mediation Council will publish resources and hold events intended to explain the benefits of mediation. Events available to the public are available here.
What is mediation?
Mediation can be an effective way for separated couples to resolve their issues and is something worth considering if you are currently separating from your partner. Family mediation is a voluntary process in which arrangements are worked out between parties with the assistance of an independent and professionally trained mediator.
A mediation session is a confidential process and conducted on a without prejudice basis to reach an agreement. The agreement however is not binding on the parties, allowing them to obtain independent advice from their respective solicitors as to the proposals and their positions. It cannot be relied upon in court should mediation breakdown.
Furthermore, if you intend to issue a case at Court, it is worth noting that it is now compulsory for parties to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).
Further information regarding mediation can be found within our guide on 'Using family mediation to help you separate' and on the Family Mediation Council’s website.
Find out more
For further information about any part of divorce or separation, or to talk to one of our dedicated Family team, visit their hub page.