There are a number of different routes to mediation depending on a couple’s individual circumstances.

In fact, in most cases, before you apply to the court in a family matter, you will be referred to a mediator for what is called a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).

There are obviously cases when mediation is not appropriate. In cases involving domestic violence, for example, mediation would usually not be recommended.

The single most important factor which determines whether mediation is suitable, however, is both people’s willingness to engage in the process.