Taking place from 20-24 January 2020, Family Mediation Week aims to raise awareness of mediation and its benefits for separating families.
Family mediation aims to encourage separating couples to sit down together and work out solutions to the financial and family-based issues that can be part of separation or divorce. The goal is for both partners to come to an amicable agreement which suits everyone involved, avoiding the costs – literally and figuratively – of bitter battles in court. Mediation can help to secure a far better outcome for couples and children – it tends to be quicker, less costly and less combative than resolving issues through court or solicitors.
But, for all its benefits, we don’t feel that mediation is understood as well as it could be. With the number of mediation assessments in the UK decreasing by 56% between 2012 and 2014, it’s quite possible that many couples going through a separation or divorce don’t know that family mediation is an option for them, or are unaware of the advantages of mediation over its alternatives.
Our aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of family mediation, and to encourage separating couples to consider family mediation as a way of helping them take control, make decisions together and build a more collaborative future for their family.
Leading up to January 20th we’ll be letting you know about the events, initiatives and resources available as part of Family Mediation Week, organised by trained family mediators to help you learn more about mediation. These include:
- Blogs about mediation and the mediation process
- Videos and online resources for separating couples and anyone considering family mediation
- Events and drop-in sessions run by family mediation professionals across the UK
To find out more about family mediation, visit our What is Family Mediation? Page