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The Benefits of Mediation in Family Law Cases

By Mark Keenan on April 12, 2023

When it comes to resolving disputes in family law cases, there are various methods to choose from, such as litigation through court or arbitration. However, mediation has emerged as a popular alternative to these more traditional routes. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of using mediation in family law cases and why it should be considered as a method of dispute resolution.

The Advantages of Using Mediation in Family Law Cases


One of the main benefits of using mediation in family law cases is that it is more cost-effective than traditional litigation. Mediation is usually less expensive because it requires fewer formal proceedings and legal fees. Additionally, mediation can often be completed more quickly than litigation, which means you can save time and money in the long run.


Another advantage of mediation is the fact that it is confidential. Unlike court proceedings, where everything is public record, mediation is a private and confidential process. This means that any discussions or agreements made during mediation cannot be used against you in court. This can be especially important in sensitive cases involving children, where confidentiality is key.


Mediation gives parties more control over the outcome of their case. In mediation, the parties work together to come up with a mutually agreeable solution. This is in contrast to litigation, where a judge makes a decision that may not be satisfactory to either party. By working collaboratively in mediation, parties can often come up with creative solutions that are tailored to their specific needs and circumstances.

Why Mediation Should Be Considered for Resolving Family Law Disputes

Preservation of Relationships

Family law disputes can be emotionally charged and can often strain relationships. However, mediation is a collaborative process that can help preserve relationships. By working together to come up with a solution, parties can often maintain a better relationship with each other than if they went through the adversarial court process.


Mediation is a flexible process that can be customized to the needs of the parties. Mediation sessions can be scheduled at a time and place that is convenient for the parties, which can be particularly helpful for parties with busy schedules. Additionally, parties can choose to bring in outside experts or advisors to help inform the mediation process.


Finally, mediation agreements are often more likely to be complied with than court orders. This is because mediation agreements are typically more personalised and tailored to the specific needs of the parties. Additionally, because the parties have worked collaboratively to come up with a solution, they are often more invested in complying with the agreement than if a judge had simply handed down a decision.

In conclusion, mediation can be an effective method of resolving family law disputes. By offering cost-effective, confidential, and collaborative solutions, mediation can help parties reach mutually agreeable solutions that are tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. If you are involved in a family law dispute, it may be worth considering mediation as an alternative to traditional litigation.

If you would like to consider mediation we have partnered with a national mediation service that can cover the whole of England and Wales. For most couples all or part of the mediation will be covered by Government mediation voucher scheme.

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    • Mark Keenan

      Mark is the founder and Chief Executive of OLS Group. He began his career as a Legal Executive in family law at several law firms before launching Divorce-Online in May 2000. Since then, the firm has grown into one of the largest divorce services in the UK, specialising in cases where there is agreement. Recognising the need to broaden the scope of services to help people who cannot reach agreement or where there are complicated issues that require legal representation, Mark led the acquisition of OLS Solicitors in 2017. He invested heavily in people, technology and culture, bringing the 21st century to the family law firm and creating a first-class service that clients love. As the head of the firm, Mark is responsible for its overall strategy. In his free time, Mark enjoys spending quality time with his family, taking his dog on walks, and playing golf whenever he gets the chance.

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