couple in a mediation session

Mediation is a way to resolve disputes between people without the need to go to court.

If you're separating, divorcing or dissolving a civil partnership, Family Mediation can help you and your ex-partner reach agreement on arrangements for your children and your finances.

What is Family Mediation?

Family Mediation offers a safe, confidential environment for you to make arrangements for the future following the end of a relationship. This could be financial issues or discussions about where and with whom your children may live. The law now says that you must consider whether mediation can help before you can take your case to court

Find out more about what Family Mediation is in this video.

What happens in Family Mediation?

The initial meeting with a Mediator takes around 45 minutes and aims to help you decide if mediation is right for you. You can attend the initial meeting separately or together if you both wish.

If you enter mediation you will attend joint mediation sessions – usually around 90 minutes – where you will discuss and identify the options available to you both. The number of meetings will depend on your individual needs.

When an agreement is reached, your Mediator will produce a written document detailing the arrangements. Your agreement can also be made legally binding by the court if you wish.

How can Family Mediation help?

  • Family Mediation allows you to decide what happens.
  • It is quicker, cheaper and less stressful than a lengthy court process.
  • It is best for the children – when parents co-operate it helps children maintain important family relationships.

What is the cost of Family Mediation?

Family Mediation is free if you are eligible for legal aid. You can check if you qualify by using the legal aid checker on

If you're not eligible for legal aid the cost of an initial session is £85 per person.

We're a charity and we don't make any profit from our services so we have to charge a fee for Mediation. 

Solicitor referrals

If you are a solicitor and would like to refer clients for Mediation at Relate London North East please fill in Microsoft Office document iconour referral form and send to

Book an appointment

You can book an appointment to attend Mediation at a range of locations please call 0208 514 7880 or contact us by email.

If you have questions about Mediation try our FAQs.