What is Mediation?

Family Mediation is a process by which separating parties seek to reach an agreement about their children, finances and property. The parties discuss these issues in the presence of a trained independent third party – the Mediator.

Mediators do not make decisions. Their role is impartial and they seek to help (all) parties…

  • Co-operate
  • Resolve conflict
  • Reach joint decisions
  • Focus on the needs and feelings of the children

Mediation is not reconciliation or counselling.


Benefits of Mediation


  • Is generally much quicker and less expensive than Court Procedure/ litigation
  • Helps separating parties to co-operate and communicate to reach agreement
  • Is less stressful and upsetting than going through the courts and follows the parties’ pace rather than a court timetable
  • Helps to reach proposals which are more likely to last
  • Is confidential


Further Information

You can find further information on Divorce & Separation – Mediation or in our Mediation Information Sheet.

Mediation With Harney & Wells

Family Mediation at Harney & Wells is undertaken under the Family Mediation Code of Practice of Resolution (First For Family law) usually by a sole Mediator but where appropriate with a co-mediator (who may be a professional with experience in marital and family work).

In either event this provides a supportive professional forum in which parties can be helped to deal with all issues arising on relationship breakdown including, for example, the practicalities of separation, breakup of a civil partnership, finance and arrangements for the children.

Mediation is generally undertaken with the parties together. Exceptionally (by agreement with both parties), separate discussions can be held with each party and the matters discussed are then brought back into the joint session.

In all cases parties will not be required to reach any complete and binding agreement in the mediation without having had the opportunity to review matters with their own Solicitors.  Summaries of the financial information and of the settlement proposals will be furnished to the parties for the purpose of independent legal advice.

Our Partners: Carol Harney, Jane Wells and Sarah Mellish are Resolution trained and accredited mediators.  In addition, Jane and Sarah are Resolution accredited Professional Practice Consultants which means that they are able to offer consultancy and supervision to other mediators.