Supporting Separated Families Alliance Hampshire & Isle of Wight logo

SSFA Hampshire & IOW

Mediation and Support Resolution

On this page

Mediation and Support Resolution: Finding Common Ground

Welcome to our resource page dedicated to mediation and support resolution for families navigating separation and divorce in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

We understand that finding constructive solutions through mediation is often crucial in fostering positive communication and reaching agreements during this challenging time. This page provides information, guidance, and resources to help you explore the benefits of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Understanding Mediation

Mediation is a process that encourages open communication and collaboration between parties involved in a separation or divorce. In the links below, you can learn about the principles of mediation, the role of a mediator, and how it can serve as an effective tool for resolving financial and emotional disputes.

Discover the numerous benefits of choosing mediation as a means of conflict resolution. From fostering better communication to preserving relationships and reducing legal costs, mediation can be a positive and empowering way to navigate the challenges of separation and divorce.

The Mediation Process

Gain insights into the step-by-step process of mediation. Understand how sessions are structured, what issues can be addressed, and how agreements are reached. Learn about the importance of active participation and the role of the mediator in facilitating constructive conversations.

Legal Implications and Agreements

While mediation is not a legal process, the agreements reached during mediation can be legally binding. This section provides information on how mediated agreements can be incorporated into legal documents, ensuring that your resolutions have the necessary legal standing.

Child-Centred Mediation

If children are involved, child-centred mediation is a vital aspect. Explore how mediation can help parents collaborate on decisions related to living arrangements, visitation, and other parenting arrangements. Learn about creating parenting plans that prioritise the best interests of the children. You may also want to review our information for children and young people who are experiencing family separation.

Support Services and Counselling

Mediation often goes hand in hand with support services and counselling. Access information on local resources that offer emotional support, counselling, and guidance as you navigate the complexities of separation and divorce.

Legal Support for Mediation

Understand how legal professionals can support the mediation process. Learn about collaborative law, where lawyers work with clients and mediators to find mutually agreeable solutions – access information on choosing legal representation that aligns with the principles of mediation.

Financial Support for Mediation

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched a voucher scheme which will provide a contribution of up to £500 towards the mediation costs for eligible cases, supporting people in resolving their family law disputes outside of court, where appropriate.

The family mediation voucher scheme is a time-limited scheme designed to support parties who may be able to resolve their family law disputes outside of court. The Government has set up the scheme in response to COVID-19 to support recovery in the family court and to encourage more people to consider mediation as a means of resolving their disputes, where appropriate. To support this, a financial contribution of up to £500 towards the costs of mediation will be provided if eligible.

Only mediators authorised by the Family Mediation Council (FMC) are taking part in the voucher scheme. At your initial Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM), the mediator will discuss the voucher scheme with you if your case might be eligible. You will be offered a ‘voucher’ contribution, subject to suitability, case type and availability of the vouchers.

Resources for Mediation

Mediation and support resolution offer a pathway to constructive dialogue and agreements during separation and divorce designed to equip you with information and resources to explore the benefits of mediation and make informed decisions that contribute to a positive and cooperative resolution process.


Find a law professional to help you. A trusted professional can play a big part in helping sort out issues involving the breakdown of your marriage, care of your children, home and finances. Visit

Family Mediation Council

Family mediation is a process in which an independent, professionally trained mediator helps you work out arrangements for children and finances following separation. Choosing a mediator from the FMC Register guarantees that a mediator is appropriately trained, follows the FMC’s Code of Practice, maintains professional practice by carrying out appropriate professional development activities, and are supported by a supervisor (known as a Professional Practice Consultant). Find a local mediator at

Supporting Separated Families Alliance Hampshire & Isle of Wight logo

Help and support

Latest News and Events