What is Family Mediation Week?
Organised by the FMA, the aim of the first Family Mediation Week (11-15 January 2016) was to let more people know about the benefits of family mediation, and to encourage separating couples to consider family mediation as a way of helping them to take control of their situation and to make decisions together. During the week we released four videos, which thousands of people watched.
Many people contemplating separation or divorce believe it is inevitable that they will find themselves in court and, every year, thousands of families are torn apart by bitter court battles. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Family mediation has helped many divorcing parents build a constructive future for their family, with clear guidance about what the options are and without a court imposing decisions on them.
We want to help people who choose to separate understand that lawyers and courts aren’t their only divorce option, and also to let friends and family know that family mediation is an option they can suggest to someone close to them who is experiencing separation and doesn’t know where to go for help.
We will continue to promote family mediation as a good way forward all year round, but will definitely hold another Family Mediation Week next year, as this was a really good way to focus the attention of the press and the public on the value of the service we offer.