Separation and divorce are difficult for most families. Usually there’s a lot to sort out at the time of separation, or even years later. You may be worried about living arrangements, how you will parent apart or how you will make arrangements for your children.
People in the wider family (grandparents, aunts, uncles etc) are also affected by family breakdown. Family Mediation can be useful for all family members.
Family Mediation can help parents and families talk to each other, reach mutual decisions and agree on practical arrangements. It can help you to agree arrangements for children, including residence and contact schedules. It can help you to find ways to communicate after separation that avoid conflict. It can help you to negotiate the transition into step-families, and understand how you can continue to parent your children together when apart.
Avenue’s Mediators remain impartial throughout the process and, for this reason, they cannot be directly contacted outside of your sessions. Any contact should be through Avenue’s Service Administration team.
We strongly recommend that you attend a Parenting Apart group in preparation for Family Mediation. If you would be interested in doing this, please let our Service Administrator team know, so that referrals for both services can be coordinated accordingly.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and can be delivered by zoom or face-to-face. This may depend on where you live.
Before a joint Family Mediation meeting takes place, the Mediator will meet with both parties separately, in order to explain the process, answer any queries you may have and clarify expectations.
Further meetings are then typically joint sessions, though if required, additional individual sessions may take place. You can discuss this with your Mediator in your sessions.
How many sessions you will need will depend on your particular circumstances. This will be reviewed as a regular part of the Mediation process.
Family Mediation costs £50 per person per session. You may be able to get Legal Aid to help you to pay for Family Mediation. You should speak to your solicitor or to Citizens Advice in the first instance about this.
Avenue is a charity and we work hard to keep our fees as low as we can so that anyone who needs our support can access our services. Please get in touch if you are not able to access Legal Aid, live in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire or Moray, and you are on benefits or a low income. We will be happy to have a confidential conversation with you regarding an individualised payment plan. In some cases, we may be able to offer free or reduced cost services thanks to the support of a range of funders including: Aberdeen City Common Good Fund, Aberdeenshire Council, Moray Council and the Scottish Government.
If you would like more information, or would like to refer yourself or someone you know to Family Mediation, please call our Service Administration team on 01224 587571, or email us
Our online referral forms can be completed here