18 – 22 of January marks Family Mediation Week, a campaign organised by the Family Mediation Council and backed by Resolution. But what is Family Mediation Week and what’s its purpose? The campaign is designed to educate legal professionals and people caught up in family disputes on the value of mediation.

Family Mediation Week is a campaign to raise awareness of mediation, its purpose is to show the value of mediation and how it can help separating families to manage issues collaboratively and productively.

Throughout the week, there will be a number of activities that family lawyers and parties of separating families can get involved with including Zoom meetings, webinars, virtual coffee mornings and more.

What’s on the agenda for Family Mediation Week 2021?

Focus on Family Mediation Week 2021

Family Mediation Week 2021 will be officially launched on Zoom on 18 January with a launch event running from 9.15 – 10am.

Chair of the Family Medication Council, John Taylor, will host the launch event and kick-off the campaign, with messages of support given by Justice Minister Alex Chalk MP and Mrs Justice Theis, the senior Family Division Liaison Judge.

On 19 January, a mock mediation webinar will take place, allowing legal professionals who are interested in learning more about what happens during a mediation session to experience proceedings first-hand.

A virtual coffee morning will then take place on 20 January between 9.30 and 11am, with family mediators from across England and Wales making themselves available to answer questions about mediation.

On 21 January, there will be a demo of the Family Mediation Council’s co-parenting app, which aims to tackle some of the challenges faced by those who co-parent, while also helping separating families.

Between 10 and 11am on 22 January, an hour-long Twitter campaign will try and get mediation trending to finish off Family Mediation Week.

Resolution gets involved

A couple attends a family mediation session.

Resolution, which promotes a non-confrontational approach to family issues and of which Holland Family Law is a member, is also getting involved in the campaign by sharing some of its most important family mediation resources.

Mediation is often misunderstood – often seen as just another way to stop you going to court and getting what you want.

However, mediation offers you a far more cost-effective, amicable way to settle issues that arise as a result of your divorce or separation. It keeps you out of Court and helps you to avoid getting embroiled in a bitter battle, which can be emotionally distressing.

According to a Family Medication Council survey, mediation works to resolve disputes between separating couples – with whole or partial agreements achieved – in 70% of cases.

Holland Family Law supports family mediation

The Holland Family Law Team Leicester.

Holland Family Law Team Leicester.

Where disputes arise following family separation, Holland Family Law always recommends mediation in the first instance, where necessary.

Keeping your divorce, and others matter associated with it, out of the Courts avoids high legal costs and bitter battles that can be deeply traumatic for all involved.

For confidential support with your family matter, get in touch with our dedicated family law team today.

Our service starts with a free, 30-minute consultation in most cases. Should you choose to instruct us, you can expect a start to finish service, ensuring that we’re at your side every step of the way.

Instruct us today… call 0116 436 2170 or email claire@hollandfamilylaw.co.uk