Family Mediation

Helping separated couples take practical steps forward.

Helping separated couples take practical steps forward.

We help you make all necessary arrangements and forego costly court procedures.

If you and your partner have separated, it’s likely you’ll need help sorting out finances, childcare and other joint responsibilities.

Coming to us for family mediation means you can do this on neutral ground with an impartial professional who wants the best for you and your family.

Our mediators will help you come to suitable agreements and avoid the high cost of paying a solicitor to sort it out.

Thanks to a government family mediation voucher scheme, if you make an appointment with TLC: Talk, Listen, Change, you will receive £500 off joint sessions when discussing children. Contact us for more information.


What is family mediation?

Family mediation is a form of support for couples that have separated. It helps you negotiate joint finances and other responsibilities, such as children if you have them.

It involves sitting down and speaking with a professional across several sessions, both individually and as a couple, to work out suitable arrangements.

It’s voluntary, flexible, and confidential, plus many people who’ve worked with us found it less stressful than going to court.

Family mediation aims to reduce the cost, pressure and complications of separation.


Why choose family mediation?

We can help you work through a wide variety of issues that include childcare and child maintenance, shared businesses or debt, pensions, and secondary family involvement.

We help you and your former partner improve communications, and we can advise you on matters like divorce.

We try to help you avoid expensive court proceedings. The average cost of contested court proceedings with legal representation is £4,000 – £20,000.

We offer family mediation at some of the most competitive rates in the country. We may also be able to offer you or your former partner free sessions via Legal Aid. Check our FAQs below for more information on pricing.


Why choose TLC?

We have over 40 years experience helping people move on from relationships feeling safe, healthy and happy.

Instead of simply helping you make legal arrangements, we ensure you and your family feel comfortable with your decisions. Our expertise in helping young people means we’re able to ensure they’re happy, too.

If you have children, we’re able to give them a platform to speak so you’re able to understand their point of view and come to agreements that suit everyone.

Don’t sweat it.

We work with people in a wide variety of challenging situations every day.

If you’re done reading this page and not sure that mediation is right for you, you can call us on the number at the top of our website and speak to one of our experts.

When you do meet with a family mediator, they’ll listen you to and your former partner to provide you with the best possible suggestions for moving forward.

If you do arrange an appointment with us, we’ll first invite you and your former partner to talk with a professional separately.

Your family mediator will listen carefully to your situation to work out what would be best for you.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the mediation process and ask any questions you might have.

Your family mediator can book you and your partner on to your first joint session.

You’ll discuss making arrangements and address any potential conflicts.

We find that most people need between two and four joint sessions.

The agreements you and your former partner come to will be documented in writing by your mediator.

If you want to make the agreements legally binding, you can forward this on to a solicitor.

It’s not legally binding in and of itself, however, your final agreements can be used in court proceedings, if that’s a direction you choose to take.

It’s much less costly to come to a mediator first.

If you’re only seeking mediation to get help completing a form for a court application, you can do this during individual sessions, and there’s no need to continue on to joint sessions with your former partner.

If you qualify for Legal Aid there is no charge for Family Mediation. Find more information about Legal Aid here.

If your ex-partner qualifies for Legal Aid, you will receive some Legal Aid towards your cost also.

Our private fees are £110 per initial assessment meeting and £165 each per joint session.

There are currently Government Vouchers available for joint sessions in which children are discussed. This is regardless of income.

Call us on 0161 872 1100 if you would like further information about the cost of Family Mediation.

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