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Family Mediation

We have an experienced team of specialist and Accredited Lawyer Mediators who have expertise in all matters relating to the resolution of family disputes using a process of Family Mediation.

Our Mediators understand and appreciate the deterioration and breakdown in a relationship is a challenging, anxious, and distressing time for all concerned, and because of this, you will receive expert impartial support from our trained Mediators to help you address and resolve the issues which are important to you. When going through divorce or separation there are often a lot of issues which families need to address, including the formalisation of their separation, arrangements for children and property and financial matters.


Free initial telephone information

Our Family Mediation team are here to take the worry off your hands. We provide a free initial telephone “Options Appointment” to see how we can assist in your circumstances. Please call your preferred office below for a no obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call you back.

  • Chesterfield: 01246 386322
  • Derby: 01332 973800
  • Mansfield: 01623 706020
  • Nottingham: 0115 8384777

What is Family Mediation?

Family Mediation is where a professionally trained independent Mediator assists separating families, establish arrangements on various issues, such as:

During the Mediation process, no one is forced to do anything they do not want to do, thus allowing you to stay in control of a situation. Trained Mediators, will facilitate a safe environment and impartially explore with you, your circumstances and particular issues, to help you find solutions which works for your family as a whole.

What are the benefits of Family Mediation?

Family Mediation is a beneficial way of exploring different options in order to work out which will be the best option for you, your partner, and children. The process requires patience and communication, but with this it can encourage families to come to their own decisions, therefore preventing them from stressful, damaging and costly Court Proceedings.
Mediation sessions take place in a confidential and non-judgemental environment to ensure families feel safe to discuss their problems and anxieties freely, in order to make arrangements for the future.
The sessions allow for both parties to come to an amicable agreement regarding financial arrangements and their children.

How does it work?

The great thing about the process of Family Mediation is that it can be tailored to suit your needs, availability and preference. There are numerous ways in which a Mediation session can take place, such as:

  • Face-to-face meetings: In face-to-face meetings, both parties are present in the same Mediation room with a trained Mediator. The role of the Mediator in this instance is to impartially manage your process, and help you come to an agreement that suits everyone.
  • Shuttle Meetings: We understand that sometimes some parties are willing to take part in mediation, however, they would prefer to go through this process separately. During Shuttle Meetings individual parties will have their own separate and private room. In this case the Mediator will move between each room and update each party on the views and proposals made by the other.
  • Remote Meetings: There are occasions whereby it is difficult to be in the same place at the same time, and due to the Coronavirus outbreak, carrying out remote Mediation sessions has allowed for us to continue assisting those who require them. In the appropriate circumstances remote mediation sessions may be suitable and offered to parties via the use of Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp video calling. Remote meetings can either be ‘face to face’ or ‘shuttle’.


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 we can help

Our specially trained team of Family Mediators are able to provide impartial support during what may be a difficult and distressing time.
The level of help you would like from us is entirely up to you. Our team members all have experience of helping people at difficult times in their lives and we are committed to delivering to you a professional and confidential service.


Our specially trained mediators are able to provide impartial support across the country, using remote platforms.
In addition we have a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.

How to make contact

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based. Please call us for a no-obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call or email you back.

  • Chesterfield: 01246 386322
  • Derby: 01332 973800
  • Mansfield: 01623 706020
  • Nottingham: 0115 8384777

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