Family Sector

Family mediation

What is family mediation?

Family mediation is a voluntary process for people who are looking for an alternative way to resolve the issues that arise within families.

It’s an opportunity to talk in a safe and neutral environment with a qualified mediator present. The aim is to help people find solutions that meet the needs of all members of the family without “winners” or “losers”.

Why choose Oliver Fisher?

Our mediators Jo Shortland and Glynne Davies have a wealth of experience in all aspects of family mediation. Jo is a partner here at Oliver Fisher Solicitors; she is a collaborative lawyer and a family mediator, and a member of Resolution. Glynne is fully accredited by the Family Mediation Council and the LSC, and a member of the College of Mediators Professional Standards Committee.

What kinds of issues can be discussed? 

Family mediation is a safe environment for discussing any issue within the family, including:

  • How to share the family assets after a relationship breakdown
  • Arrangements for your children: residence, contact and child support
  • What will happen to the family home, and where you will live
  • How to communicate in the future with an ex-partner
  • How to deal with any liabilities
  • Future income needs

Is family mediation confidential?

Everything you say in mediation will be confidential, unless it relates to the proceeds of crime, or child protection issues. Mediation is also legally privileged which means you are free to discuss options without them being used in court if mediation breaks down. This privilege does not extend to financial information that you provide as part of the process.

What if i am scared of my partner?

The mediator has a duty to make sure that all parties feel safe before deciding whether mediation is suitable. They will discuss your concerns with you in confidence. There are safeguards that can be put in place (for example, mediation can take place with you in separate rooms), but ultimately if mediation cannot be made safe it will not go ahead.

Do I still need a solicitor?

Mediators can give you general information about the way the law works. However, they cannot give you individual legal advice. Mediation works best when each party has access to a solicitor in the background to provide advice and support throughout the process.

How long does family mediation take?

Mediation generally lasts for 1 – 2 sessions for children’s issues, or between 3 – 6 sessions where property and finances need to be discussed. On average each session lasts an hour and a half.

How much does family mediation cost?

If you are eligible for public funding, mediation will be free of charge. Your solicitor can refer you to us under the Funding Code, and we will do an assessment for you at a free information meeting. If you are not eligible for public funding, our fees are £150 for a MIAMS/FM1 meeting, and £275 per hour for mediation co worked by Glynne and Jo.

How Can I Find Out More?

To enquire about mediation, please click here.

Main Contacts

Jo Shortland


View Profile email
Santosh Kumar

Senior Solicitor

View Profile email
Ron Gilfillan


View Profile email