Our mediators are able to provide you with a great deal of legal information but they cannot advise either of you about your particular legal situation. Some of our family mediators might be qualified lawyers but in the mediation room that is not their job. Legal advisers have individual clients and are very clearly on the side of their client, whereas mediators are required to provide impartial and balanced help to both of you. Our mediators usually spend some time explaining the legal context, setting out the general legal principles that apply to the issues you have raised, but will not tell you what they think will happen if your case goes to court. Family mediators do not concentrate entirely on the legal solutions to problems but instead explore what might work for everyone in the family and focus on the things that matter most to you. Your mediator will suggest that you each take independent legal advice before you make a final decision because it is important that you understand all the options open to you before choosing one.