Mediation is a voluntary, optional process, but the law says you must consider whether mediation can help you before you can take a case to court. This means you need to have an initial meeting with a mediator (a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting, or MIAM) unless special circumstances apply, such as if your case involves domestic abuse.
Testimonials: The following quotes are all from real clients who wanted to let their FMA mediators know what family mediation was like for them
“We had been dreading this, so we kept putting it off, but you have made it all a really positive process!”
“I could not praise the mediators enough for their understanding in the way they dealt with matters; they gave us a starting point and helped us reach a decision”
“Thank you again for working so constructively with us, providing that safe place to share our feelings, listening to both sides and, above all, highlighting all the positive aspects of our situation which seem to have been buried for so long”.
“Everyone told us that the alternative to mediation would be so much worse and we certainly wouldn’t still be talking to each other by now if it now if it had not been for your mediation service.”