Family members may be having some difficulties, misunderstandings, or conflict that they are struggling to resolve, and they may be looking for some support to have the difficult discussions that really need to take place. Family mediation helps you to have a better conversation with your family members, to fix relationships, and to open up new dialogue.
For issues around couple separation or divorce, we would advise looking at other providers who specialise in this area. Our mediation service is only used for intra-family disputes: intergenerational issues, sibling fall outs, and situations where families want to stay together.
Family mediation is used to address:
Clashes of lifestyles, values, or beliefs
Unacceptable or unwanted behaviour
Issues arising from re-structured families
Benefits of Family Mediation:
Family relationships are preserved, improved, and future-proofed
Costly and time-consuming formal action is avoided
Personal matters can be kept private and contained
A completed referral form, providing us with details of the dispute and of the parties, and a signed booking form all are that is needed to book in the case.
The case manager will liaise with the referrer to organise the logistics, including timings, contact information, and online links (if required).
The mediator will meet with each party individually to discuss the dispute to date. These private sessions will last for approximately 1½ hours each.
Getting parties together for half a day allows for a comprehensive airing of views, as well as a discussion with a view to building an agreement.
The agreement is a joint plan of action decided upon by the participants. The mediator can write it up as a good faith agreement to give to both parties.
If there is a third-party referrer, UK Mediation will provide them with a Mediation Summary on the next working day (subject to parties’ consent).
The case manager will follow up the situation after an agreed period by contacting the parties confidentially to see if the agreement is working.
We understand that you may have some queries about how family mediation works.
We’ve answered some of the most Frequently Asked Questions below.
Here at UK Mediation, we treat conflict as a failure of dialogue and as a breakdown in a relationship.
Our relational model, re:talk, aims to restore dialogue, repair relationships, and rebuild teams, while re:connect allows us to achieve the same objectives through online mediation.
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In this free 45-minute webinar, we see a classic dispute between a parent and young person, which could lead to the latter becoming homeless.
Our Founder, Dr Mike Talbot, then takes you through our seven-stage mediation process and looks at how it can be applied to a family relationship dispute.