Help me, I'm Divorcing


If you are married or in a civil partnership and would like to separate, divorce or dissolve your civil partnership, family mediation can help you to make arrangements for any joint property, finance and children. National Family Mediation accredited mediators are trained in all aspects of family law and are able to provide you with information related to the legal process. When you go to mediation you will be making your own arrangements that suit you in your unique circumstance. You will decide how to divide your property and finances. You will decide what is best for your children and how you can work as separated parents. Contact your local mediation service to find out how mediation can help you when you separate.

Our mediators do not take sides and they are all experienced in supporting people to find the best solutions for themselves and their children. Although agreements made in mediation are not legally binding, National Family Mediation agreements made in mediation are acceptable to courts and lawyers and there is a mechanism through which we can assist you to make the agreement legally binding if you so wish.

If you have married abroad and now wish to divorce then you can apply for a divorce in England or Wales but you must have been domiciled or habitually resident in England or Wales for one year to apply for a divorce.

If you are planning for the future, National Family Mediation can provide the information you might require.

Further Information for Couples Divorcing or Dissolving a Civil Partnership

The break-up of a marriage or a civil partnership can be a very stressful and traumatic time. Often coming at the end of a lengthy and difficult process, the decision to end it is not an easy one, especially if children are involved. It is important to gather information about options you have as early as possible. Knowing the facts can help increase your control over the situation, and will enable you to plan realistically for your future.

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We all experience divorce and separation in our own way but we are all likely to go through the grief (loss) cycle. Because we are unique human beings, it is difficult to tell exactly what we will feel and when but it is reassuring to know it’s all normal and won’t last forever. It is important that you take care of yourself and your wellbeing during this time.

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The underlying question for nearly everyone who is separating is ‘will I have enough to live on?’ Some people will have been managing the family budget and others will have had nothing to do with it. Some people are comfortable and confident thinking and talking about money, others are less so. There is undoubtedly a lot to think about both at the time of separation and as you plan your separate lives into the future.

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Divorce and children can be a very complex situation. The break-up of a relationship is always stressful, even in those rare situations when it’s mutually desired and agreed.

Children, as well as parents, feel the stress and confusion of separation. Many kids feel angry, sad and frustrated about the prospect of their parents splitting up for good and are uncertain about what life will be like during and after the separation occurs.

Your ability to communicate successfully with your child , meet their needs, for safety and support  take care of yourself, and maintain a civil relationship with your ex-partner will have a positive effect on your child.

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When parents separate they both remain responsible for the care and financial support of their children. Most parents think it is important for the children’s lives to be affected as little as possible by the separation and for them to have a similar standard of living when they are spending time with each parent. The law takes this view too.

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On divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, dividing up your finances and property can be very complicated. Your circumstances will be unique and it is important to take independent legal advice at an early stage to preserve your interests.

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NFM is a network of professional family mediation providers based in England and Wales that work with families affected by relational breakdown. All providers aim to help clients achieve an outcome that works best for them and their family

If you would like to get more information about mediation and/or make an appointment you can contact NFM direct on 0300 4000 636 or you can also contact a NFM family mediation provider in your area.

All services also take referrals from Solicitors, the court or other helping / support agencies.


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If you are married or in a civil partnership now separating, divorcing or dissolving the civil partnership, family mediation can help you to make arrangements for any joint property, finance and children. 



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If you are thinking of or in the process of separation,  there are many things to consider including the practical steps to take before you do. Family Mediation can help you. 



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Maintaining a civil relationship with your ex, taking care of yourself, communicating well with your child and meeting their needs will all have a positive effect on them. We can help you achieve this.


Children and Teens

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If your parents are going through a separation or divorce you will want to know how it will affect you and what you can do about it. Meeting with a family mediator is an option. 


Friends and Family

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You might want to help find your friend or relative some support or recommend professionals whom other have found helpful, respectful and impartial. Family Mediation is a good place to start. 



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Grandparents often fear that relationship break-ups might result in a severing of the relationship between them and their grandchildren. Family Mediation can help restore broken family relationships.


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