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Mediation for Unmarried Parents

We have an expert team who are experienced in all matters regarding Family Mediation. Our team appreciate that the breakdown of a relationship is a difficult and distressing time for all concerned, and because of this, you will receive expert impartial support from our trained mediators.

When going through separation sometimes the hardest part is finding suitable arrangements for your children. Depending on the circumstances, both parents will want to establish a way to see their children on a regular basis, and when parents work together, this can be possible.

Free initial telephone options appointment

Our expert Family Mediation team are here to take the worry off your hands. We provide a free initial telephone options appointment to see how we can assist in your circumstances. Please call your preferred office below for a no obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call you back.

  • Chesterfield: 01246 386322
  • Derby: 01332 973800
  • Mansfield: 01623 706020
  • Nottingham: 0115 8384777

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process used by people and organisations to help resolve disputes. In an instance where unmarried parents have issues that need resolving, a professionally trained Mediator is able to facilitate clear communication between both parties. During mediation sessions, the Mediator helps yourself and your ex come to an agreement on various issues, such as: parenting arrangements, child maintenance payments, finances and property disputes.

During mediation, no one is forced to do anything they do not want to do, thus allowing you to stay in control of a situation. The trained mediator will have an impartial view of your circumstances and will help you find a solution which works for both of you.

Why Mediate?

Family Mediation is a beneficial way of exploring different options in order to work out which will be the best option for you, your partner, and children. The process requires patience and communication, but with this it can encourage families to come to their own decisions, therefore preventing them from damaging relationships and pursing costly court proceedings.

Mediation sessions take place in a confidential and non-judgemental environment to ensure families feel safe to discuss their problems and anxieties freely, in order to make arrangements for the future.

The sessions allow for both parties to come to an amicable agreement regarding financial arrangements and their children.

How does it work?

The great thing about the process of Family Mediation is that it can be tailored to suit your needs, availability and preference. There are numerous ways in which a Mediation session can take place, such as:

  • Face-to-face meetings: In face-to-face meetings,  both parties are present in the same Mediation room with a trained  Mediator. The role of the Mediator in this instance is to impartially  manage your process, and help you come to an agreement that suits  everyone.
  • Shuttle Meetings: We understand that sometimes  some parties are willing to take part in mediation, however, they would  prefer to go through this process separately. During Shuttle Meetings  individual parties will have their own separate and private room. In  this case the Mediator will move between each room and update each party  on the views and proposals made by the other.
  • Remote Meetings: There are occasions whereby it is  difficult to be in the same place at the same time, and due to the  Coronavirus outbreak, carrying out remote Mediation sessions has allowed  for us to continue assisting those who require them. In the appropriate  circumstances remote mediation sessions may be suitable and offered to  parties via the use of Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp video calling. Remote  meetings can either be ‘face to face’ or ‘shuttle’.

How we can help

Our experienced team of Family Mediators are able to provide impartial support during what may be a difficult and distressing time.

The level of help you would like from us is entirely up to you. Our team members all have experience of helping people at difficult times in their lives and we are committed to delivering to you a professional and confidential service.


Our mediators are able to provide expert advice across the country with a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.

How to make contact

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based. Please call us for a no-obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call or email you back.

  • Chesterfield: 01246 386322
  • Derby: 01332 973800
  • Mansfield: 01623 706020
  • Nottingham: 0115 8384777

Our Team

Elizabeth Bilton

Elizabeth Bilton

LLP Member
Julie Skill

Julie Skill

LLP Member and Head of Department
Jennie Byrne

Jennie Byrne

Associate Solicitor


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