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"Family disputes that are resolved through mediation are cheaper, quicker and according to academic research, less acrimonious than those that are settled through the courts"

About Family Mediation

About Family MediationIf you are considering going to court about separation issues you need to know that you will be required by the court to demonstrate that you have explored mediation as a means of resolving your separation issues.

What do SFMS mediators do?

  • Listen
  • Explain the mediation process
  • Assess each person’s willingness to participate
  • Help separating/divorcing couples break through barriers and seek agreement
  • Offer suggestions without pressure
  • Check concerns about violence, intimidation and child safety
  • Prepare documents required to draw up legally binding agreements
  • Provide additional, helpful sources of advice and information

Where are the meetings held?

  • Meetings are held in one of our 7 offices in Surrey. Click here for more information.
  • Skype is an option for those who cannot make the meeting in person

Who can use the mediation service?

  • Couples going through separation or divorce
  • Parents seeking to discuss arrangements for their children
  • We are a committed equal opportunities service and welcome referrals from LGBT couples
  • Grandparents or other relatives seeking to discuss arrangements for time with children
  • Long term separated and divorced couples

What can be discussed in mediation?

  • Future arrangements for children
  • All financial issues associated with separation and divorce
  • How arrangements can be made legally binding
  • Any other issues which are important to the separating/divorcing couple and their family

Can children have a voice in mediation?

Yes they can and we offer a FREE Child Consultation to children (over 8 years old) to speak confidentially with a mediator.

Mediators do not:

  • Provide counselling – we can give you a list of recognised counsellors
  • Give advice – your solicitor will help you with legal advice
  • Make decisions – all decisions are made by separating/divorcing couples
  • Communicate with you in between appointments – the mediators are impartial
  • Make reports for courts or other agencies – discussions in mediation are not disclosed to 3rd parties
  • Family disputes that are resolved through mediation are cheaper, quicker and according to academic research, less acrimonious than those that are settled through the courts."

    National Audit Office 2/3/07