Date updated: Thursday 18th January 2024

Mediation is increasingly being recognised as a useful tool to use when couples decide to separate or divorce. The government and the Ministry of Justice supports the helpful process, offering vouchers of up to £500 to take part in mediation when a relationship has broken down and before any court process.

Mediation is a process enabling parties to reach a settlement, whether in relation to children, financial matters or indeed all issues arising on family breakdown. It can be really helpful in reducing conflict and finding amicable solutions, benefiting you and any children. It gives you more control throughout the process and can be more cost-effective than going to court. There’s also Child Inclusive Mediation which allows a child’s voice to be heard at what is an emotionally draining time.

Lawyers and qualified mediators Rebecca Eels and Caroline Fell have produced three videos to help explain the mediation process:


Caroline and Rebecca are widely regarded for their family mediation, which can help with a range of matters, including:

  • Arrangements for your children
  • Financial settlements
  • Dividing property, pensions and income
  • Ongoing communication with your partner

Their work in this area has seen them recognised by independent legal guides Chambers and the Legal 500.

Client feedback from the latest (2024) issue of the Legal 500 says:

“Both Rebecca Eels and Caroline Fell provide effective and empathetic support in family matters.”

“The family department have a competent team which is able to provide excellent child inclusive mediation.”