Mediation works because it :

looks for outcomes that both parties can see as fair

leaves decision-making with the parties

respects the interests of all concerned particularly those of any children involved

is cost-effective and does not waste money on expensive legal fees

aims to reduce conflict not create it


Some useful links Government information site for divorce and separation and check-legal-aid

Sorting Out Separation - Government information hub for divorce and separation

Child Maintenance Options - impartial information and support for both parents about child maintenance

Gingerbread - UK charity providing expert advice and practical support for single parents

Advice Now - a wide range of information on divorce, including information on cohabitation

Family Lives - advice and support for parents about children. All aspects covered but see particularly the divorce and separation page.

Money Advice Service - free impartial financial information on how to manage your money better,comparative tables for savings, mortgages and pensions

Citizens Advice Bureaux - helps resolve legal,money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice 

To find a mediator in another area:-
National Family Mediation - a network of 52 not-for-profit Services in England and Wales offering family mediation
College of Mediators - provides a register of family mediators through England,Wales and Scotland

To find a counsellor:-
British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists


NFM Legal Services Family Mediators