What is family mediation?

Mediation is not marriage guidance or counselling. It is a process for couples who have decided to separate or divorce and who would prefer to negotiate their own future arrangements with the assistance of a family mediator rather than through solicitors or in court. The mediator, who is completely neutral, can help them consider options and can give legal information (though not individual advice) when appropriate. The couple work with their mediator discussing parenting issues and finances, together and in total privacy, and reach conclusive decisions about their future finances and arrangements for their children.