Mediation can help to settle disputes over contact and living arrangements, child maintenance, property and money, without having to go to court, paving the way to a smoother separation. It is a neutral and non-judgmental environment in which to discuss issues privately. Unlike Relationship Counselling, Mediation usually requires both you and your partner to attend the sessions. Mediation gives both parties the opportunity to talk in a safe environment and deal with the practicalities that come with separation. Mediation can help each of you put forward your point of view and be heard by the other. The mediator will explain legal principles, explore and identify various options with you both.