More than any other time of the year, January is a month when families decide to separate.
For most, this will be their first experience of separation, and they will start searching for help and advice about where to turn for help to resolve issues - who will the children live with? What will happen with money?
England’s third national lockdown doesn’t make it any less likely that people will be asking these questions. If anything, it simply adds to confusion, or uncertainty, about what services might be available. People may not be sure where to turn.
This is why Sills & Betteridge Mediation Service is supporting Family Mediation Week. It takes place from 18 to 22 January, and aims to provide answers, by sharing information about the mediation process. It will explain how Family Mediation Council registered mediators can help families consider what is best for their future, and how mediation is available online to help them during the coronavirus pandemic.
Throughout Family Mediation Week, the Family Mediation Council will be sharing information about family mediation to help people understand more about how it works, when it might be suitable, the importance of involving older children in the process of deciding what happens to them, and how it can be funded – including through Legal Aid.