Family Mediation Week 2024
Family Mediation Week 2024 will run between Monday 22nd January and Friday 26th January, this annual campaign was created to raise awareness of the benefits of mediation. This year the campaign urges parents who are deciding to separate or divorce to seek out information on how to avoid courtroom confrontation to settle financial and parental agreements.
As family lawyers, we typically see a spike in the number of enquiries in January including many separating parents following the financial and relationship pressures over the Christmas period. Lisa Evans, a Director at Grant Stephens Family Law and an Accredited Mediator by the Family Mediation Council says:
“Family Mediation Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of an alternative dispute resolution option like mediation and its benefits. The process of mediation can be a significant help for ex-partners to come to amicable agreements based on what works best for them.”
Some of the main benefits of mediation are the avoidance of court and its associated, delays, stress, and costs. Read More: The Top 5 Benefits of Family Mediation.
Quite often after the Christmas period, parents can feel defeated as relationship and financial issues have been highlighted over the holiday season. Many parents may find themselves in a situation where they do not know where to seek advice first. Going through a divorce or separation with children is a life-changing decision, and with it, it brings many tough and challenging questions, such as:
- Will one of the parties remain the property, and if so, who?
- What do the child arrangements look like, will one parent have more access than the other?
- How will the finances be dealt with?
Family Mediation Week certainly highlights tricky situations but aims to offer separated parents information about the options available to them following the breakdown of a relationship. Family Mediation is where an independent, professional-trained mediator such as Lisa Evans, will work with you to sort issues out, whilst avoiding court. Mediation can be a very powerful tool helping you to create long-term solutions for your personal circumstances.
Here at Grant Stephens Family Law, we are taking part in the Ministry of Justice’s Family Mediation Voucher Scheme which can contribute up to £500 torwards the cost of mediation for families if they need to discuss arrangements for children.
If you are thinking about family mediation or would like to know more about how family mediation can help, contact us to speak with a member of our team.
Published: 22 January 2024