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24 Family Mediation

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1. Introduction

2. What is mediation?

3. Who can use mediation?

4. What can I use mediation for?

You can use mediation to help make decisions about any or all of the issues between you, including:

  • arrangements for your children;
  • financial arrangements;
  • dividing up your property;
  • other practical issues to do with your separation or divorce; and
  • how you and your ex-partner will communicate with each other in the future.

If you need to sort out arrangements for your children, the mediator will help you decide what is best for them, and how and what you should tell them. The mediator will encourage you to concentrate on your children’s needs, and take into account their feelings and what they want when you are making arrangements for their future.

If you need to sort out financial arrangements, the mediator will ask you to ?ll in a form giving full details of:

  • what you earn;
  • what you need to spend your money on;
  • your assets and property, and pension arrangements;
  • loans or other debts; and
  • other important information.

If you do not give correct and complete information to the mediator, a court could overturn any agreement you make.

5. When can I use mediation?

6. How is mediation different from counselling?

7. What happens in mediation?

8. How much does mediation cost?

9. How do I find a mediator?

10. Further Help

11. About this leaflet

This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with the UK College of Family Mediators.

Leaflet Version: May 2019

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