Supporting Family Mediation Week 2016
11-15 January 2016 is Family Mediation Week. Organised by the Family Mediators Association (FMA), Andrew Wareing, partner, looks at how mediation can be an alternative to court battles for separating couples.
It's time to choose a better way
Every year, thousands of families are torn apart by bitter court battles. Relationships between separating parents are irretrievably broken, and all too often their children are caught up in the middle.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
There is another way, a way that has helped many divorcing parents build a constructive future for their family, without a court imposing decisions on them.
About family mediation
Family mediation puts you in control, with the help and support of highly trained professionals who can help you make decisions about your future.
Research shows that mediation is often the best way for families to resolve conflicts. It is proven to be faster, less costly and – crucially – less adversarial than divorcing through the courts. Unfortunately, too few people know about it, and end up locked in angry disputes that have far-reaching consequences for them, and for their children.
Family Mediation Week (11-15 January 2016)
11-15 January 2016 is Family Mediation Week. Organised by the Family Mediators Association (FMA), the aim is to raise awareness of mediation as an alternative to court battles for separating couples.
Mediation can help you take control of your own family’s future, making constructive decisions together rather than asking someone else to decide what should happen to your children or your finances. We want to help and support people at the point of separation, and also let other people know that family mediation is an option they can suggest to friends or family members who are experiencing separation and don’t know where to go for help.
Over the course of Family Mediation Week, the FMA will be publishing information and resources to help more people understand that there is a better, more constructive option that puts children first and helps separating families create a brighter future.
Find out more
To receive more information about family mediation, how it works and how it can benefit separating families,simply contact any of our trained mediators or visit www.thefma.co.uk or www.familymediationweek.org.uk.