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Family mediation can benefit you and your family

For many, family mediation is preferable to the court process.

It is in your children's best interests

It is well known that when parents co-operate, there is a beneficial effect on children, as it helps them maintain important family relationships.

It is usually quicker than going to court

The family mediation route takes on average 110 days, compared with 435 days for non-mediated cases. Therefore the average time saving is 325 days (10.5 months).

An agreement can be made in a safe & confidential environment

Mediation is always confidential. Meetings are private and at the mediator’s office or a neutral venue.

It is less stressful & results in less conflict

The courts are often known for their adversarial approach and people often try to ‘win’ against the other, without looking at the overall picture.

It puts the decision in your hands, not the courts

A family mediator will assist you to find a solution that works for you and your family and importantly, how you can make this agreement legally binding.

It is usually cheaper for you than going to court

According to The National Audit Report in 2012, the average cost per client for mediation was £675. The average cost per client for cases going to court was £2,823. This in an average cost saving of £2,148.

Mediation could save you money







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    Family Mediation Services

    Online MIAM
    An online MIAM is the first meeting that you will have with a mediator. The four letter stands for Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting. It is important to note that your former partner does not attend this meeting with you. Read More
    A MIAM is the first meeting with a mediator accredited by the Family Mediation Council. The only difference to the online MIAM is that you meet the mediator face to face. Read More
    Family Mediation
    There are three main areas that family mediations can help with: Read More

    About Us

    We are a team of Family Mediation Council accredited mediators

    We can offer you both online and face to face Mediation Information & Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) and mediation throughout England and Wales. As our mediators are all accredited, they are able to sign court forms, such as the C100 Form, Form E and the Form A.

    Our family mediation team support you and your family through change, which may be as a result of separation, divorce, or family restructuring. As trained and impartial family mediators, we aim to help you and your ex-partner communicate more effectively and to support you in making your own arrangements for the future, rather than the courts deciding what is best for you and your children.

    Legal Aid for family mediation

    Legal Aid is often available to those who are on a low income or on specific benefits, such as Universal Credit. To see if you qualify, complete our free online Legal Aid assessment form. If you make a successful Legal Aid application, there will be no charges for your MIAM and mediation sessions. In addition to this, it will also pay for the MIAM and first mediation session with your ex-partner.

    Meet the team

    Meet our friendly, supportive & multi-lingual team. Direct Mediation Services has one of the largest networks of accredited family mediators across England and Wales. They come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds including family solicitors, therapists, and social workers. What unites us as a team is our commitment to helping families resolve conflict through the mediation process.

    Our non-executive board of directors

    Our team is supported by our non-executive board of directors. The board members bring a wealth of experience to the company, with directors’ backgrounds ranging from business to social work.


    What our clients have to say.

    Very helpful and friendly service. Talked me through the mediation process and made it all seem much clearer and easier to understand.Code There was no complicated legal jargon and I came away armed with better knowledge and some helpful tips. Highly recommended!

    K S

    I did it and now would like to recommend it. Dealt with Stuart, who was the man at the exact time. His approach and a great way of directing me with presenting my issues were surprisingly way easier than I projected the obstacle in my mind. Highly recommend it as this removes my blockage. A wealth of experience. Many thanks Stuart

    D R

    Brilliant company and really easy to understand. Talked me through everything and explained it rather tahn rushed through it. Polite, courteous and sympathetic to each case. Couldn't say enough nice things about this firm, if your struggling to see your child then definitely give these guys a try.. I dealt with Stuart, and he did a fantastic job

    C W

    I have been in contact Stuart at Direct Mediation Services on and off for about two years for various reasons and know him to be an utterly committed and decent person who I would (and do) wholeheartedly recommend to any other women (or men) in need of mediation. He is polite and calm, explains the whole process and makes you feel safe.

    D C

    They were very helpful in clearly explain the process of mediation and were very friendly in all discussions. I would certainly recommend them to anyone..

    N C

    Direct mediation are fantastic quick to respond and really efficient gets the job done

    S W

    Lesley was very professional throughout and ensured we were both comfortable to start mediation together. Although it was a tough experience and brought up some baggage I feel it was very useful overall to reflect on our approach to parenting in the long term rather than focussing on the current uncomfortable situation. We've already started putting in place some of what we have discussed which I feel is already improving both our relationship with our child and each other.

    T S

    Thank you very much for your services, I would recommend you guys to anybody going through this. You have been so professional and impartial while at the same time trying to get things resolved for everybody’s interests.

    R B

    Thanks so much for helping me with this very difficult and sensitive issue . I am very grateful -

    D S

    Lesley was a lovely kind person who listened without judging

    S J

    Great service, handled the situation very sensitively

    S P

    Provided a wealth of support centres and contact lines to assist with Domestic Abuse. Very experienced mediator with a very friendly manner. Excellent listener and tried very hard to work towards addressing a very complex situation

    N G

    The mediator was kind, friendly and I was comfortable speaking openly with her, she was understanding and gave helpful advice and signposted me to useful services for me to use.

    L C

    Just a big thank you.

    E M

    My mediator was lovely and so helpful

    K N
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