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Family mediation – the alternative to court Family mediation – the alternative to court
It is incredibly distressing for the entire family, children included when family breakdown occurs. No matter what the reason is for a breakdown in... Family mediation – the alternative to court

It is incredibly distressing for the entire family, children included when family breakdown occurs. No matter what the reason is for a breakdown in the relationship, there are many different aspects that need to be resolved.

Countrywide Mediation Service provides a family mediation service, which is one way to keep vital decisions about the family, within the family unit, rather than allowing a court to take full control.

What is family mediation?

Many individuals are unsure about what family mediation actually is? It is important to remember that family mediation is completely voluntary and that it’s aimed at facilitating the dialogue between members of the family, or a couple in disagreement. Family mediation is held in a friendly and non judgmental environment, in which a trained mediator facilitates a discussion in an impartial manner. Family mediation can be carried out together, or in some cases, in separate rooms.

What can family mediation resolve?

Family mediation can resolve a variety of issues without the need to go to court. Issues include where you as a family, or as an individual should live, who should have parental custody of children and issues relating to the control of family finances. You can try to visit

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Private and confidential

It is vital that as an individual who is in conflict with a partner, that you understand that everything that is discussed by you within a family mediation setting is private and confidential. It is your safe space in which to voice your opinion, concerns and wishes for the future of your family. Information that is shared during family mediation meetings, cannot be used in a court of law. Mediation is also not a legal requirement, but it is often strongly suggested that you should try mediation as a family, before progressing to the next stage of going to a court of law.

Making family mediation work for you 

Family mediation can be hugely successful, rewarding and save the hassle, time and financial burden of going to court.

Be frank and open about your current financial situation.

Compromise is key, and for those families who are open and honest with each other, a compromise can usually be reached which is satisfactory to both parties, which means keeping out of court.

When mediation is not appropriate

Mediation is not an option when there are issues regarding the safety and potential harm of children. Allegations of physical and/ or sexual abuse towards children cannot be resolved via family mediation. The same is true if an individual has suffered domestic violence.

To learn more about family mediation with Countrywide Mediation Service please do give us a call or contact us via our website.

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