This year ‘Family Mediation Week’ falls between Monday 20th and Friday 24th January.
Even now, nearly forty years after it became ‘popular’, family mediation is not very well known. When people separate or begin divorce proceedings, they immediately think to engage a solicitor or to book an appointment at the Family Court in order to resolve the outstanding issues that remain, most notably their child arrangements, property and finance.
Family Mediation Week was created to raise awareness of the benefits of mediation as either a direct alternative to costly solicitors or a long, drawn out court case. It can also work alongside and compliment both of these routes.
So what areas of mediation has WYFMS chosen to highlight across multiple social media sites?
- Monday – we chose to highlight the incredible success rate of mediation in resolving outstanding issues.
- Tuesday – we highlighted the financial burden that many people face when they separate or divorce and the fact that unlike divorce, family mediation still attracts legal aid which can cover the entire cost of the process for those that qualify.
- Wednesday – this was where we highlighted the fact that the wider family are often affected by divorce and separation and that mediation can help relatives, such as grandparents that have become estranged from their grandchildren.
- Thursday – we explained that people can go direct to a family mediator such as ourselves rather than first engage solicitors. This can result in a huge financial saving.
- Friday – we thought it a good time to remind people that we are here all year round, not just Family Mediation Week and that last year we helped over 1000 clients to try to resolve their issues.
So, if you missed our social media posts covering the week, you now know what we were talking about.