Oxfordshire Family Mediation provides mediation services and children’s support services to families affected by separation. We help people to recognise issues more clearly and assess different options for their future after separation, leading to positive solutions for everyone. Founded in 1989, the service sees approximately 900 clients a year, and is committed to the highest professional standards.
Family Mediation offers a positive and constructive way of addressing divorce and separation. It is usually cheaper, quicker and lasts longer than a court settlement, and the Government encourages couples to try mediation before going to Court. Some key advantages are:
- You are in control of the outcomes
- Co-operation is emphasised, so that conflict is kept to a minimum
- Everyone has a chance to speak, as discussion takes place between you and your ex-partner, with the mediator there to help
- You agree solutions together, so they are easier to keep for the future
- Children's needs are kept in focus
Our professional mediators have over 75 years of experience between them in the field of separation and divorce.
We do not take sides: we aim for solutions that work for everyone.
This website contains details on how mediation works, our costs, our meeting locations, our Children’s Services, our team of mediators, how you can contact us, and how you can support our organisation.
If you have any queries, please consult our FAQ, or contact our office on 0844 8476658.
Legal Aid Still Available for Mediation
Legal Aid is no longer be available for legal advice and representation since April 2013 unless a client can demonstrate that they have experienced domestic abuse, forced marriage or child abduction.
However, Legal Aid for Family Mediation is available, subject to eligibility.
If you are eligible for Legal Aid for Family Mediation, and participate in the process, you may also be entitled to free legal advice and obtain a consent order through the 'Help with Family Mediation' Legal Aid scheme.
Remember that you need to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting before making an application to court.
Download the Information for Litigants in Person factsheet from National Family Mediation, or click for the Bar Council's Guide to Representing Yourself in Court.
"I am no longer stressed about the situation"
"I felt the service was very good and fair. I did not feel rushed or pressurised at any time"
"The mediator was superb, in often difficult circumstances!"
"Mediation helped me with the process of parting, I felt stronger for my sessions and able to move quicker than I thought. I felt more confident when I spoke to my legal adviser because of my sessions"
"Mediation enabled us to talk through how to separate our finances. I feel we would have had to go to court without it. It was a very helpful experience. The mediators were always tactful, calm and friendly"
"As I was the innocent victim and that affair was such a shock, this was one of the hardest things that I have done. However, I am glad that I persevered with it and if it wasn't for the support of our mediator, helping me gently through it, I wouldn't have made it. Thank you very much to the mediator"
"The mediator's calmness and patience at every stage helped us to make good progress with what seemed to be a daunting process"
"Both my wife and I were full of admiration for your mediator. We liked her immediately on meeting. She has a really lovely manner and is obviously an expert in dealing with people and their problems. She has a gentle sense of humour which eased the situation more than once. What a really impressive and delightful lady!"
"The mediator was calm, even when we lost our tempers, and remained impartial throughout"
"I felt the service was excellent and empowered me and gave me a voice in a constructive way within discussions with my ex partner. Our mediator was excellent and I felt that she did as much as she could for us and went through a lot of trouble on our behalf to organise appointments at the last minute due to circumstances"
"Mediation has helped me see things more clearly. Although we have been unable to resolve our issues outside of court, our day to day communication has improved and this has benefited my son"
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