What is family mediation?
Family Mediation is a process where you sort out family disputes with the support of another person, a mediator to assist you in talking about your family and what’s best for them.
How we can help you
Your Family First are experts in supporting you to make decisions that are right for your family. Mediation means you stay in control of all the decisions you need to make.
How much does it cost?
At Your Family First, if you have to pay for mediation, we are clear about the costs every step of the way. Contact us now to find out if you can use mediation free of charge.
This video explains what mediation is about…
In mediation you….
Perhaps you feel like the time for talking has passed. Perhaps you feel like you’ve said everything that needs to be said and now its time for action so that things move forward. Mediation can help you do this by supporting you in communicating your thoughts and ideas. In mediation, you decide what you want to talk about, based on what’s important to you and your family. Mediation can help you make a plan to move you and your family forward.
Mediation gives you the opportunity to stop and listen. Listening is a skill, it takes practice and is even harder when you’re emotionally involved. Its easy to think we ‘listen’ but we often hear what we want to hear. In mediation, the mediator will encourage you both to be open and ask questions of each other and clarify thoughts and feelings. In this way, you get to hear what each other are really saying by removing the assumptions and ‘mind-reads’ that we can easily fall into.
When relationships break down, decisions have to made. Sometimes we feel that we have to make decisions that are not comfortable. Mediation gives you the time and space to work things out together so that you both agree. We find that as you begin to talk and listen, difficult decision making becomes easier as you begin to work together for a solution for your family.
Did you Know?
You may be the only person in your group of friends, family or work colleagues who have faced separation or divorce, and it can be an unsettling and daunting time. Research from the Office of National Statistics in 2012 and 2013 shows us that you are not alone. Separation and divorce are common. Its how you deal with it that determines you and your children’s experience.
Family Mediation is not just for couples who are facing separation or divorce. Did you know that family mediators can help you and your family with a whole range of issues that you need support with. Perhaps you have a teenager that wants to be more independent and you’d like some support to negotiate some ground rules. Perhaps you and your adult siblings disagree about how to care for you aging parents. Whatever your family challenges, Your Family First is here to support you and your family make decisions that are right for you.
- The number of marriages ending in divorce 42%
- Number of divorces with children under 16 50%
- Families in the UK with a lone parent 25%