How to access relationship mediation

The end of a marriage or long-term relationship can be tough. But mediation can help you talk to your ex-partner to make important decisions together about your finances, home and children.  

Mediation is a non-judgemental environment that gives you the space and time to think about what’s important to you both. And if you have children, mediation can help you sort out child access, maintenance and living arrangements that work for your whole family, and have the best interests of your children at heart. 

Accessing mediation

With the right support, it’s possible to work through disagreements with your ex-partner and find a way forward without having to involve the courts. There are plenty of organisations that can give you information and advice, including the ones below. 

The Family Mediation Council can put you in touch with family mediators in your area. 

The National Family Mediation offers family mediation in England and Wales. 

Family Mediation NI provides family mediation in Northern Ireland. 

Relationships Scotland is a network of family mediators and other family support services in Scotland. 

TIP: If you have children, mediation can help you sort out child access, maintenance and living arrangements that work for your whole family.

Resolution is a network of family lawyers in England and Wales, who can help you find a family law solicitor in your area. 

Your local Law Centre can give you legal advice and guidance from within your community. 

The Law Society can help if you’re worried about your ability to pay for legal advice. 

If you’re in work, your employer may have an employee assistance programme (EAP) that can help. Get in touch with your EAP directly, or speak to your HR department to find out more.

And in some cases we may be able to give you advice and guidance too.