We support parents and children through family change and disruption as a result of separation, divorce or family restructuring. Family mediation sessions take place in our Dumfries office.
The aim of mediation is to agree on practical, workable arrangements for the future, taking into account children’s views, needs and feelings. Our focus is on putting children’s needs first. We do not help parents get back together.
Although mediation is primarily for parents whose relationship is over, it’s for all sorts of families – married and unmarried, younger and older, with or without children.
We have practical advice and literature available on how mediation helps and what happens at a mediation session.
How much does it cost?
We ask for a £25 registration fee to be paid at the initial session and welcome donations at any subsequent sessions. The overall costs for each mediation session is approximately £43 per person.
Where do you offer mediation?
Due to the current climate family mediation sessions are currently taking place online, through the Dumfries office. Times vary and will be arranged to suit you.
Please contact us if you’d like to chat about our family mediation services or to book an appointment with one of our professionals.
The below videos describe the situations where Family Mediation can be helpful and show what to expect from a Family Mediation session.
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11 Nith Avenue
t: 01387 251245
Office Opening Hours
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Evening appointments may be available by arrangement only.
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Family Mediation provided by Relationships Scotland is typically between two parents who live apart and want to discuss the care arrangements for their child or children. The context is separation, divorce or family re-structuring or perhaps the parents were not together as a couple when the child was born.
Sometimes it can be helpful for other family members to be involved in the mediation process. This might be grandparents, new partners or step parents who are also involved in the care of the child, or it might be that an older child or young person wants to discuss the issues they have with the adult in mediation themselves.
Do you wish you could have a discussion with your ex-partner about the arrangements for the children which made some progress towards a resolution?
Many people find communicating with their child’s other parent hugely challenging. Difficulty in communicating might have been one of the reasons for splitting up! Help may be at hand, however.
We know that families come in all shapes and sizes and that parents, children and other family members have different life experiences and make their own life choices. Our mediators are skilled at helping all families find solutions that are as unique as they are.
Family Mediation – working alongside other support for families in the context of Separation and Divorce
This is the story of one of our families who were attending the Child Contact Centre, and how they made effective use of mediation. Sophie (not her real name) was around 7 years old, and she was brought to the Centre fortnightly on a Saturday by her Mum, to spend time with her Dad. The situation was very fraught and both parents could be very negative about each other at times, and vocal about the other parent at the handover in the Centre. Sophie was frequently upset.