What is the process?

In certain situations the law requires you to consider whether mediation can help you to resolve divorce or separation issues before you can take a case to court unless special circumstances apply for example domestic violence or child abuse.

The first step is to attend an information and assessment meeting called a MIAM where a mediator will have a confidential chat with you about your situation to help you understand more about mediation and the options available to you for your situation. You and your ex are seen separately and the meeting usually lasts a maximum of 1 hour. If mediation is the most suitable form of assistance for you, an appointment will be made to see you both together to discuss your issues. If mediation is not the most suitable form of assistance for you and your family situation, you will be provided with referral information to more appropriate services and guidance for your next steps.

For a brief video explanation about what Family Mediation is click here.

Direct Child Consultation

Circle of Growth provides a child-inclusive mediation service also known as Direct Child Consultation, where a DBS checked, specially qualified mediator has a confidential, age appropriate, task-focused conversation with your child to explore his/ her thoughts on current or proposed child arrangements. This ensures the voice of your child is heard and considered in arriving at outcomes that work best for your family.

We offer 90 minute sessions, ½ day or full day sessions. Get in touch here for further details.

Benefits of Mediation

  • Confidential discussions
  • Takes into account who you are and what’s important to you
  • Where children are in the family, their needs and feelings remain at the forefront of discussions
  • Offers a future focused, holistic approach
  • You make the decisions
  • Moves at your pace
  • Ensures you are heard and acknowledged as individuals
  • Cost effective
  • Time efficient
  • Flexible
  • Works in conjunction with legal advice if require

Diana’s Approach

Diana uses an organic and creative approach utilising a comprehensive, multidisciplinary skills toolkit to guide you through a structured mediation process to enable you to find mutually acceptable solutions to your family dispute. Diana co-mediates cases where appropriate and works closely with referral partners in finance, business development, psychotherapy and counselling to offer a comprehensive service to ensure all the practicalities of relationship breakdown or family disputes can be managed.