National Family Mediation

National Family Mediation

At a glance


  • Children / families

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


National Family Mediation is the largest provider of family mediation in England and Wales.

We have a network of dozens of affiliated members, each of which is a not-for-profit family mediation provider. Collectively we deliver family mediation in over 500 locations across England and Wales, delivering some 16,000 mediations per year.

Mediation reduces the conflict in separation, divorce or dissolution of civil partnership. It is also more cost-effective and quicker than using lawyers to negotiate, or using the court process. It also enables people to make their own arrangements for children, property and finance. Our mediators are trained in all aspects of family law. 

Mediation is NOT about keeping couples together. Instead it aims to help empower them to make the right long-term solutions when they have decided to separate or divorce.

National Family Mediation's Manifesto

NFM’s Statement of Aims and Values is:

  • To reduce conflict in separation and divorce and avoid costly court battles.

  • To enable families to reach joint decisions in property, finance and long term solutions for children.

  • To make family mediation available to all families involved in separation and divorce in all communities.

  • To take every opportunity to promote the professional standards of NFM Mediators.

The unique contribution of the NFM network is to offer a combination of:

  • A focus on children

  • A not-for-profit system of providing services

  • Mediation that aims to improve communication as well as achieve settlement

  • A professional, sensitive and understanding approach

  • Availability to all cultures, communities and orientations

  • 30 years specialised experience in the field

  • A quality assured and dedicated place of work.


Due to recent changes in government thinking, family mediation is becoming the preferred method to resolve and prevent family disputes, especially where children are involved.  Agreements that have been freely negotiated can help restore communication, understanding and trust.

  • Family Mediation helps you resolve conflict and reach agreement on all issues surrounding separation, divorce or dissolution of civil partnership.
  • It is a voluntary and confidential process which helps you reach joint decisions without the use of courts.
  • It offers you a safe, neutral place where you and your ex-partner can meet with an impartial mediator to work out plans for the future.
  • Mediators do not tell you what to do but help you look at different options for sorting things out, so that you reach your own agreements about all aspects of your separationdivorce or dissolution, including arrangements for children, finances and property.

Download our free leaflet which explains Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings here.

If you are seeking family mediation please use this link to go to our family mediation referral form

Who can use mediation?

  • Mediation is open to anybody affected by family breakdown including separation, divorce and dissolution of civil partnership
  • It is mostly used by parents or couples who are experiencing difficulties agreeing arrangements, regardless of age, race, nationality, sexuality, orientation, mobility, faith and other such factors. For those whose first language is other than English, interpreter services can be provided.
  • Mediation is also available to other family members, such as grandparents, who may be having difficulties over contact arrangements, or step-parents who would like to support their new partner.

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