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Call for compulsory family mediation information sessions in Scotland

In their recently published manifesto  for the Scottish Parliament elections, Relationships Scotland calls for an urgent debate in Scotland to increase the uptake of mediation as an alternative to court action in family cases.

They are calling on all Scottish political parties to put in their manifestos that they will make it a legal requirement for divorcing couples to consider mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution before hauling their family through court.

Mediation has been available in Scotland for 30 years but take up remains relatively low.  Only about one in four divorcing parents use mediation and this falls to one in ten for all cases involving divorce and separation.

In England and Wales The Children and Families Act requires separating couples involved in parenting or financial disputes to meet with a mediator prior to going to court.

FNF Scotland supports this proposal, and would also suggest that the court should take a refusal to mediate into account in contact and residence actions unless an acceptable reason is given for this refusal.


Parenting Apart Workshops

Relationships Scotland and Family Mediation Central Scotland are hosting Parenting Apart Workshops in Stirling. The next workshop will be held on Monday 18th June, 6pm - 9pm at 12 Melville Terrace, Stirling FK8 2NE.

The workshops are based on the experience of participants but topics likely to be included are:


  • Talking to your children about separation
  • The effects of this life changing event
  • Information and practical ideas for building a positive future for you and your children
  • Strategies for dealing with difficult situations

Spaces must be booked in advance. You can contact Family Mediation Central Scotland on 01786 472984 or fm.central@btconnect.com

There are also Parenting Apart Groups hosted in Hamilton and Glasgow.

The Hamilton group is run by Relationships Scotland Family Mediation South Lanarkshire. They can be contacted on  01698 421 333 or parentingapart@familysupport.org.uk

The Glasgow groups are run by Relationships Scotland Family Mediation West. They can be contacted on 0141 332 2731.