Family Mediation

Family mediation is an effective way for couples who are separating or considering separation to make decisions regarding their own and their children’s future.

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What is family mediation?

Family mediation involves an expert helping you and your partner, or ex-partner, to make fair and sensible decisions about the terms of your separation. It can help you resolve disputes regarding financial settlements and child custody arrangements. The family court now expects anybody considering court proceedings to consider mediation first, and to attend an assessment meeting (MIAM).

How does it work?

Mediation begins with an assessment meeting, or MIAM. You will attend this alone. If you choose to attend with your ex-partner, time will be set aside for separate meetings. After the assessment a joint session will be arranged, typically lasting for about 2 hours, although it can be longer. Sometimes only one session is needed, but if you are discussing both parenting arrangements and finances then you can expect to attend between three and six sessions.

What other help is available?

For couples in difficulty who are considering separation, relationship counselling may be of help. For families who are having difficulties adjusting to separation, or whose children are finding it especially disruptive, family therapy or child psychotherapy may be appropriate. If you are struggling emotionally to cope with separation, you may want to consider psychotherapy.

How much will it cost?

Costs differ between individuals. You will be given a clear idea of fees before any treatment begins.

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Our Specialists

Adrian Clarke


Adrian Clarke

Categories: *Counselling and psychotherapy for adults, *Couple and relationship therapy, *Family Mediation, *London Intercultural Couples Centre, *Separation and Divorce, Family Mediators, Psychotherapists

Adrian Clarke is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, an accredited family mediator and a solicitor.He is a member of the Law Society family mediation panel and has been accredited by the Family Mediation Council. He is a Resolution trained professional practice consultant, which allows him to supervise other family mediators. He is also legally qualified, having been admitted as a solicitor in 1991.

He runs the family mediation service and he offers psychotherapy to individuals and relationship counselling for couples. He runs a separated parenting programme and he is trained to consult children about future arrangements when their parents are separating.

As well as his practice at TCFP, he is head of family mediation at Bross Bennett LLP, a niche family law practice in Highgate, North London, where he also runs the adult and couple counselling service. He has particular experience in emotionally complex parenting issues, high net worth cases and cases with an international dimension.

He delivers the court-referred separated parenting programme on behalf of CAFCASS and the family court.