Family Mediation NI are under contract with the HSCB to deliver an early intervention approach to family breakdown, to assist parents to communicate around achieving the best outcomes for their children going forward.
The service is available in all five Trust area and delivers a child focused, facilitative model that aims to empower separated parents to negotiate, compromise and draft their own bespoke co-parenting agreement.
FMNI have a robust screening and assessment process to ensure they work with those who are mediation ready. Mediation is not counselling and those parents for whom the timing is not just right will be referred out to counselling services for end of relationship support.
For those mediation ready, engaging with this practical process is transformational for the whole family. Using a professional family mediator can enable parents to move to a different level of communication that leads to agreement on child contact, residency and the minutia of family life as separated parents. Ultimately avoiding a protracted court case is in the best interests of children. Parents will be engaged for on average four sessions after attending their individual pre-mediation assessment appointments.