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Family Mediation

Family Mediation can be used for divorcing couples or civil partners. It can also be used for those who have been cohabiting or living together for periods of time.

The Family Mediation process can also be utilised to help resolve disputes with extended family such as brothers, sisters, parents, and parents-in-law or anyone who is “related” in some way.

What is Family Mediation?

If you’re unfamiliar with the process of Family Mediation, or why you should mediate, our family mediation service includes helping each party to look at their issues and disputes that may involve property, finances and even children.

By providing expert  information and intervention we can look forward to help each party come to a resolution in a way that is acceptable and workable for everyone.

What are the benefits of Family Mediation?

Family Mediation is a good way of exploring different options and seeing which will actually work for you, your partner and children. With patience and communication it can help families come to their own decisions, keeping them away from damaging and costly Court Proceedings.

Family and Divorce Mediation can take place in a non-judgemental environment where it is a safe for families to talk about their problems and anxieties and make arrangements for the future in a calm and planned way.

We believe Family Mediation is a great way to ensure both parents can remain amicable with each other, especially if there are children involved.

Family mediation allows for both parties to organise financial arrangements and other arrangements that may include children. We work hard to ensure that both parties can move forward for a better, brighter and clearer future.

How does it work?

The Family and Divorce Mediation process can be tailored to your availability and preference. Here are the types of meetings we can arrange for you.

Face-to- Face

This is where parties are present in the same Mediation room with the Mediator who will assist you both in addressing the issues that are important to you. Their job and role in the Mediation is to manage your process.

Shuttle Meetings

This is where individual parties have their own separate and private room. The Mediator goes between each room and updates you on the views and proposals made by either of you and records the meeting’s outcome.


On occasions being in the same place at the same time is just not possible. We understand these challenges. In appropriate circumstances Skype (remote type Mediations) may be suitable and offered to parties.

Discover here whether face to face or shuttle is better?

Learn about our Family Mediation Service at Midlands Dove

How long does mediation take?

The length of time taken in any Mediation process depends upon the parties, the pace at which they are able to work and the speed at which the necessary and appropriate advice and documentation can be accessed during the course of the Mediation.

Very broadly the litigation processes can take between six months and eighteen months, whereas a typical Mediation process takes approximately two to four months. Some civil mediation matters can be resolved in a day’s mediation.

Types of family and divorce mediation services we provide

Sole Mediation

This is the usual way for most people to Mediate. The Mediation will have one specialist Family Mediator allocated.


Sometimes having two Mediators is helpful – your Mediator will let you know if they think Co-Mediation would be helpful. We also offer Child Inclusive Mediation as part of a Co-Mediation arrangement.

Child Inclusive Mediation

In some situations it may be helpful and appropriate for children to contribute  their “wishes feelings and views” in relation to the arrangements proposed on their behalf within the  overall process which can provide feedback about arrangements being discussed by their parents or carers.

If you think this may help your family your family mediator will explore this first with you to see if it is a suitable case.

The Cost of Family Mediation

Legal Aid

  • Is available provided you are able to prove and document your eligibility.
  • You can check eligibility by using the online calculator
  • We are required by the LAA (Legal Aid Agency) to retain proof of eligibility as at the point of our Assessment appointment with you.

If eligible:

  • Your Assessment will be free.
  • The other party’s Assessment is free (even if they do not qualify themselves!).
  • Your Mediation sessions will also be free.
  • The other party receives the first session free.
  • You can apply for free legal help with Mediation from a solicitor if undergoing a Mediation Process.

Costs of Assessment

If you do not qualify or you do not wish to apply or be assessed for free Legal Aid Agency Mediation.

  • An assessment fee is payable for privately paying parties.
  • We have a limited number of slots which which can be prepaid and booked using our extended hour service.
  • Payments for assessments are made at the end of each session for other.

Mediation Session Costs

Payment for Mediation is as easy as 1-2- 3.

  • We offer fixed fees for Mediation Sessions, in other words.
  • “pay-as- you-go” Mediation sessions paid at the end of each session.
  • Our fixed fees include a Mediator’s summary of points covered in session.
  • Flexible session lengths are available. We will agree with you session lengths that suit your needs from an hour and a half or half to longer sessions.
  • Fixed fees and flexible session lengths enable you to know your costs and plan your sessions around your family finances and other commitments.

Working? Need appointments early or later? We have a certain number of appointments offered on extended hours (at the absolute discretion of the Mediator) These appointments require pre- payment at the time of booking and are only offered from specific sites. Please ask for further details.

Family Mediation with Midlands Dove

The role of a Mediator

A mediator is an impartial, independent party who can address the issues of both sides and can use this information to identify where an agreement may be forged.

Our mediators are specially trained to help you reach your own amicable solution.

We need to meet with you individually, this is called a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, (MIAM)

We will assess if:

  • Mediation could help resolve your family dispute.
  • This would be a safe, respectful and suitable process for you and your family.
  • You understand what Mediation is all about and are willing to try and look at options to solve the difficulties that are currently affecting the family.
  • There might be other services or information you might find helpful.
  • Your entitlement to receive Mediation on a Publicly Funded basis or privately paying.

How can Midlands Dove Help Your Family?

Midlands Dove are unusual in that we have specialist Family Lawyers who are also qualified to engage in Direct Child Consultation (DCC) now called Child Inclusive Mediation (CIM).

Where children are of an age and maturity to have a view regarding decisions made for them, parents may wish to seek their wishes and feelings. Your Mediator will discuss with you the suitability of Child Consultation wherever relevant.

Contact our Family Mediation Specialists

If you require any more information regarding our Family Mediation service, please take a look at our Family Mediation FAQ’s that may answer any questions you have.

You can also email us on or contact us on the below office numbers or by filling out our contact form.

If you would like to talk to one of our professional family mediators, please feel free to call us at one of our five offices at Mansfield (01623 706020), Nottingham (0115 7043388), Derby (01332 372311), Chesterfield (01246 386322) and Matlock (01246 386322).

Going to mediation really helped my situation and sorted things out, I believe in a much quicker and easier way. The mediators I dealt with were very helpful in the sense of giving us all the information and making sure we understood clearly before making any decisions by ourselves

The Law Society
Resolution Mediator
Family Mediation Council Badge
Midlands Dove are Accredited Family Mediators
Midlands Dove have been accredited the Family Law Advanced Badge