A mediator can help you and your ex-partner sort out children, housing and financial matters. They don’t take sides or give advice. Instead, they can help you work towards an agreement. More solicitors specialising in family law are now also trained mediators.
Mediation works best where you trust each other to be open and honest. If you and your ex-partner can’t talk about who should look after the children or how you’ll divide your money, mediation might not be suitable.
For most people, it is not now possible to get legal aid for divorce, separation or legal issues involving children but you may be able to get legal aid for mediation if you qualify. So if you and your ex-partner are willing to use it and your affairs are straightforward it can be a way of sorting things out between you.
Mediation is not appropriate where there has been domestic abuse – including where one partner is controlling or intimidating. If you have been a recent victim of domestic abuse you can apply for legal aid.
A mediator will tell you whether your situation is suitable for mediation.