Principles of mediation
Mediation is a confidential discussion that cannot be repeated in court or elsewhere. If someone’s safety is at risk, mediator will break the confidence.
- Voluntary/freedom from pressure
No-one attends mediation unless they want to; they can leave at any time, and cannot be pressured into making an agreement.
- Impartiality of mediator
Mediators do not take sides or give advice, but are responsible for the process and helping people to negotiate with each other constructively.
People who go to mediation are encouraged to reach solutions that feel fair to them, within the framework of the law.
- Joint decision-making
Mediation is a way for people to stay in control of the decisions that affect their lives and work out mutually acceptable solutions.
- Available to all (but might not be suitable for all)
Mediation should be accessible to everyone who wants to take part, but it is not necessarily suitable for everyone.
Family mediation is focused on the views and needs of children and is a private place for parents to plan together for the future care of their children.
National Family Mediation (NFM) is a network of professional family mediation providers based in England and Wales that work with families affected by relational breakdown. All providers aim to help clients achieve an outcome that works best for them and their family
National Family Mediation (NFM) services charge £25-£100 for a MIAM, depending on geographical locality, which may include the fee for the completed FM1 form. Meetings usually last for 45 minutes – 1 hour. This includes the means assessment to check whether you will be eligible for Legal Aid, determining whether your mediation will be free or not. Mediation sessions which follow the initial MIAM are charged at a sliding scale according to income, but start at around £80 per session, and usually last up to 1½ hours.
If you would like to get more information about mediation and/or make an appointment you can contact NFM direct on 0300 4000 636 or you can contact a NFM family mediation provider in your area.
All services also take referrals from Solicitors, the court or other helping / support agencies.