CAFCASS has reported that last month they received a total of 3154 new private law cases which is 5% down compared to last year.  This may be due to parties trying mediation to resolve the issues, rather than pursuing matters through the court.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process designed to resolve personal disputes using a neutral third party "the mediator" to facilitate an agreement. Mediators are trained to help resolve disputes over all issues faced by separating couples, or specific issues such as arrangements for any children.   

It is usually far faster and cheaper than opting for court.

How does mediation work?

You may contact a mediator directly or your solicitor may refer you.  If you wish to make a referral now, please complete the referral form.

Mediation is tailored to your needs, concerns and interests rather than simply a legal answer.  A mediator will help both parties work towards a mutually satisfactory outcome. The mediator does not judge or impose a solution but ensures that any settlement is agreed by the parties.

Mediators are neutral and will not take sides, so they cannot give advice to either of you. They will usually recommend that you obtain legal advice alongside the mediation process and will guide you as to when this should happen.


If you require any further information about mediation, please call Pauline Ellis on 01202 441959