What is Family Mediation Week?
Organised by the FMA, the aim of Family Mediation Week (23-27 January 2017) is 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. We are releasing videos every day during the week to get this message out, as we did during the 2016 Family Mediation Week. The special Family Mediation Week website site – http://www.familymediationweek.org.uk – contains more information that families and mediators alike may find useful. If you are an FMA member you can find all our resources in the members’ area; if you are a family mediator but not an FMA member you may be especially interested in the resources we are making available generally on http://www.familymediationweek.org.uk, including logos and a poster.
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 continue to promote family mediation as a good way forward all year round, but Family Mediation Week is a really good way to focus the attention of the press and the public on the value of the service we offer.