The Family Mediation Council has published the results of its 2019 Family Mediation Survey of family mediators. Conducted in Autumn 2019, the results show that family mediation is a highly successful way of helping separating couples resolve disputes, with mediation successful in over 70% of cases. These success rates are consistent with figures from previous studies, including government studies.
The survey also shows that where both of the people separating go and see a family mediator for an initial individual assessment meeting, three quarters choose to go on to mediate.
John Taylor, chair of the Family Mediation Council said ‘it is not surprising that so many people who attend a first meeting with a mediator chose to go on to mediate. The meeting (sometimes called a Mediation Information and Assessment meeting, or MIAM) provides people with an opportunity to find out what family mediation is, how it might work for them and the practicalities and costs involved, as well as the alternatives if they choose not to mediate. Once people realise that family mediation is less expensive than being represented in court proceedings, as well as being less stressful and quicker than the court process, most realise it is a conversation worth having.’
“I was impressed by the process and particularly by the empathy, professionalism and tenacity of the mediators. There is no question that without attending this process could not have been concluded without considerable cost and acrimony.”
“Thank you so much for helping us through the mediation process and getting us to an agreement without too much blood being shed.”
Whilst family mediation clearly works, there are still low levels of awareness meaning families are still missing out. This is a particular concern where families are eligible for free mediation, via the legal aid scheme.
Taking place from 20-24 January 2020, Family Mediation Week aims to raise awareness of mediation and how it can help separating families manage their issues collaboratively and productively.
Keep visiting the website as during the week, we’ll be publishing resources, information and blogs to . . .
- Explain family mediation – answer your questions and debunk the myths
- Help separating couples decide whether mediation is for them
- Discuss the benefits of family mediation
- Connect separating couples with mediation professionals