The longer-term impact of family mediation

Peter McCarthy, Janet Walker
1st Sep 1996

Divorce law reforms have placed increasing emphasis on mediation as a way of resolving disputes which promotes consensual decision-making and reduces the conflict associated with marriage breakdown.

Previous studies have suggested, however, that the benefits of mediation may be relatively short - lived, and evidence on its longer-term effectiveness is sparse.

A three-year follow-up study, by Peter McCarthy and Janet Walker of the Relate Centre for Family Studies at Newcastle University, compared the experiences of those using 'all-issues' mediation with those using 'child-focused' mediation (normally limited to child-related matters).