After the annual focus on divorce at the start of the year, the team at Portsmouth firm, Mediation Now, is supporting ‘Family Mediation Week’ in order to make couples aware of more calm and amicable ways of ending relationships..
As part of its mission to promote alternative methods of resolving issues between couples, the Family Mediation Council has named this week ‘Family Mediation Week’ to help raise awareness of the benefits mediation can offer separating families
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential dispute resolution process in which two (or more) people meet with an impartial third person, the ‘Mediator’, who helps them reach decisions through discussion and negotiation, rather than attend court.
‘The process encourages and supports couples to talk things through, which can save a great deal of time and money when compared to court proceedings,’ explains Claire Webb who founded one of the country’s first solicitor mediation firms in Portsmouth in 2007.
‘Taking part in professional mediation also gives the best chance of a couple maintaining a positive relationship after the divorce, which is especially important when children are involved.’
Mediation Now, which has helped over 10,000 couples from across the Portsmouth area reach agreements about finances, maintenance and childcare, is taking part in events, social media and interviews as part of national ‘Family Mediation Week.’
‘As the government has made Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMS) compulsory before going to court, more and more people are becoming aware of the work we do,’ says Claire. ‘However, initiatives such as Family Mediation Week are important to help people remember us when they are in need.’
Mediation Now has offices in Havant, Emsworth and Fareham. For more information call 023 92481183.