MPs favour family mediation

Penny Mordaunt MP encourages separating couples in Portsmouth to avoid court whenever possible.

During a visit to Hampshire Family Mediation’s Portsmouth offices on Friday 12th August Penny Mordaunt highlighted mediation as the future for couples who need help to resolve disputes caused by their separation. “Family mediation is about helping couples to deal with matters when their relationship is over. It’s not counselling or about getting back together, but getting to grips with the reality of your situation that helps you to deal with the practical and emotional issues of your separation, for instance in parenting and finances when separated from your former spouse or partner.”

Automatically going to a solicitor when there are post-relationship disputes about children or finances is likely to become a thing of the past, as couples are encouraged to try to resolve their disputes together. For over 25 years Hampshire Family Mediation, a member of National Family Mediation, has helped couples to work together to create the best possible future for their children and themselves. Next year’s proposed reforms to Legal Aid and changes to court practice will mean that more people than ever will attend a mediation information meeting.

Kirsten Naudé, Regional Development Manager of National Family Mediation stated: “Dealing with the consequences of relationship breakdown is difficult for most couples but with the help of a highly trained mediator we can help them to navigate their way to a successful outcome. Our role is to help couples to focus on the future they want to create for themselves and their children, with a plan for the future that is affordable”.

Andrew Campbell, Hampshire Family Mediation’s Chief Executive, said: “75% of the couples we see come to agreements about the arrangements for their children, and about how to divide their finances between them. Family mediation also saves considerable time and money compared to fighting it out in court with your ‘ex’.”

Penny Mordaunt commented: “We have recently published the interim proposals following last year’s Family Justice Review. They highlight family mediation as a better alternative than going to court for most couples: it leaves the decisions about the future firmly in the couples’ hands who, after all, are best informed about their situation. Family mediation in conjunction with the Separated Parents Information Programme (currently a court ordered programme) represents a real alternative to the adversarial legal route to resolve disputes about relationships that is better for them and their children. I am thrilled that people in Portsmouth and throughout Hampshire are served by a well-established, successful family mediation