About Us

The experienced team at Wells Family Mediation have partnered with a number of hand-picked professionals including family solicitors, IFAs, therapists and parenting experts to offer a full range of optional support to clients to guide them smoothly throughout the entire divorce process from start to finish.

Our Philosophy – A Better Way to Divorce.

When families separate, there are a range of needs to be addressed.  There are legal and finance issues to resolve, there may be a divorce to obtain and, for those with children, there are important adjustments to be made in children’s living arrangements and in the parenting relationship.

Our current adversarial legal system can be stressful, lengthy and expensive for the separating family at a vulnerable time in their lives.  Mounting costs and escalating conflict can make the challenging process of divorce even more stressful for the family.  Many couples have spoken about it being a very chaotic and confusing time for them and their children, and one that can sadly leave lasting damage on family relationships.

At Wells Family Mediation we believe there is a better way. That is why we and our partners at The Wells Group have worked together to provide a streamlined service offering support from a range of experts to guide you smoothly throughout the entire divorce process, without acrimony and rising expense.

Our Social Impact

Our vision is to transform the traditional adversarial approach to divorce and provide families with holistic support at one of their most vulnerable times. We aim to guide families smoothly throughout this difficult and chaotic time in a kinder and more collaborative way which promotes a good long-term parenting relationship for the years ahead.

Our founding partner, Helen Adam, is Chair of the Family Solutions Group, a multi-disciplinary sub-group of the Private Law Working Group, to consider the needs of separating families before they turn to court. Helen has worked tirelessly to move away from adversarial battles towards positive collaboration, children’s wellbeing and future-focussed solutions. She was the author of the Family Solutions Group report, ‘What about me?’ which is widely recognised as the blueprint for change within divorce and the family justice system. She is respected nationally for her contributions to the field of mediation.  

Helen wrote an article entitled ‘Language Matters’ for Family Law which called for an end to potentially harmful and unhelpful terminology around family breakdown. As a result of this, The Family Law Language Project was created.

Our Awards

We are so proud to announce that Helen Adam was the deserving winner of Family Mediator of the Year and Child Inclusive Mediator of the Year at the National Mediation Awards 2022. Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of The Family Courts and Head of Family Justice in England and Wales said:
“Helen’s clear and unshakeable professional goal is to represent the voice of the child alongside the parents with whom she works. Her aim is always to support parents, where safe to do so, to handle their separation in a way which leaves them able to cooperate as parents for years into the future, to the lasting benefit of their children.”

Throughout this whole horrible process we have both felt that the system is designed to leave us hating each other and to have had your support in helping us get to this point has meant a great deal, so thank you for your support of us both and for reflecting everything so well.

Thank you for all you have done to make a very sad and painful process somewhat less painful!

Thanks for all your help. We are talking a lot more and generally getting on much better, we even stood next to each other at rugby AND are going to parents’ evening together!

You did more in 4 hours than our lawyers had done in 1 year. For that I am very grateful.

I would like to thank you for the time you have spent in achieving in 4 hours, what we never achieved in 4 months. I think it is by far a much better process than solicitors and court.

I honestly feel that we now have a good chance of proceeding in an amicable way that hopefully in time will become a friendship with the children at its core. I do not think we would have achieved this through solicitors, and feel huge gratitude for your patience and gentleness.

It’s so much better to go through this process together in a calm and neutral setting, rather than being defensive at home or seeing a solicitor individually. You’ve been a great adviser on a tricky topic and the meetings were really productive.