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Direct Mediation Services: Family Mediation Services in Birmingham

Direct Mediation Services takes pride in offering family mediation services in Birmingham.

What it’s all about

Definition of Family Mediation


In cases where relationships break down, engaging in legal battles between separating or divorcing couples can be a time-consuming, expensive, and emotionally draining process. Family mediation provides a constructive alternative by allowing both participants to collaborate and develop mutually beneficial proposals.

This collaborative approach aims to reduce conflict and promote positive outcomes for all participants involved, including the well-being of the children. Furthermore, family mediation sessions provide an opportunity for individuals to reach non-confrontational and constructive agreements concerning children, property, and finances, even after separation.

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    Advantages of Family Mediation

    Facilitates communication between participants through the involvement of family mediators.

    Supports parents in finding mutually agreeable solutions and reducing conflict.

    Offers a less stressful alternative to court proceedings.

    Contributes to the welfare of the children involved.

    Provides a more cost-effective solution compared to court proceedings.

    Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAMs)

    The Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) serves as the initial stage of the mediation process. It allows individuals to discuss their personal circumstances with a mediator and evaluate whether mediation could be beneficial for themselves and their families. MIAMs can be conducted either in-person or online, depending on individual preferences.


    Additionally, clients eligible for Legal Aid can also avail themselves of this service. However, before attending the MIAM, it is necessary to undergo the Legal Aid assessment procedure, which typically takes around 10 working days to complete.

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    Financial Process

    Qualified and accredited mediators conduct family mediation sessions related to financial matters. It is important to note that resolutions reached through family mediation are not legally binding until a court order ratifies them.


    Once a financial agreement is reached, an Open Financial Statement (OFS) is prepared to document the financial assets. Simultaneously, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines the specific terms of the agreed-upon proposals.

    Child Arrangement Process

    Family mediation offers a secure and supportive environment for parents and children to express their thoughts and opinions regarding the situation at hand. The perspectives of both parents and in some cases, the child, are taken into consideration, allowing for thoughtful deliberation.

    By prioritising the welfare and voice of the child in the dispute, the mediation process aims to facilitate mutually acceptable agreements between parents.

    Types of Mediations


    Sole Mediation


    Shuttle Mediation

    Child Inclusive Mediation

    Why Choose Our Professional Mediation Service?

    Accredited mediators. Unbiased and confidential service at Direct Mediation Services (DMS). Available to both private clients and those eligible for Legal Aid. Multilingual staff members to assist clients who require language support. We offer a telephone consultation to provide information on our mediation services and discuss how we can assist you based on your unique circumstances.

    Our Reviews

    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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    Contact Us for Detailed Information About Our Family Mediation Service in Birmingham

    If you require information about family mediation, our team of experienced family mediators is readily available to assist you with any inquiries. Please feel free to contact us for information and support throughout the mediation process. We are here to assist you.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are free mediation services available in England and Wales?

    Free mediation services are available to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements for Legal Aid. It can cover the costs of mediation for eligible individuals.

    Do you participate in the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme?

    We do participate in the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme, which is a temporary initiative aimed at helping participants resolve their disputes outside of court. Eligible clients may receive a financial contribution of up to £500 towards the cost of mediation.

    Is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) obligatory in England and Wales?

    In most cases, a MIAM is required before initiating legal proceedings. However, it is not compulsory in all cases. Courts encourage participants to collaborate with a mediator to reach a resolution of their disputes whenever possible.

    How can I apply for a court order for finances and child arrangements?

    In England and Wales, Form E for divorce is the court document used for the financial aspects of separation or divorce proceedings. For child arrangements, Form C100 is used and can be obtained from the court or downloaded online.