Charity adapts traditional carol to promote family mediation for divorcing couples


A leading family charity is giving a twist to a traditional Christmas carol in a new year as it promotes family mediation as the most positive way to make post-divorce arrangements.

“12 Days of January” will see National Family Mediation use social media to promote 12 key reasons, one per day, why families facing divorce and separation should consider family mediation. The campaign adapts the words of “The 12 Days of Christmas” giving it a unique family breakdown perspective. It begins “On the first day of January, mediation offered me… control of our family’s destiny.”

January traditionally sees a rise in divorce and separation as families emerge from the Christmas period battered by pressures on finances and relationships that have endured for some time but have been thrown into focus during the holiday.

“Christmas proves the final straw for many strained relationships,” says Jane Robey, CEO of National Family Mediation.

“Calls to our 0300 4000 636 helpline increase in January, as does use of our website as people make searches related to family breakdown.

“We want to encourage separating couples to open their eyes to the advantages of family mediation – a process used to settle finance, property and parenting issues through negotiation, rather than battling it out in court.”

The 12 Days of January campaign will feature visuals on Twitter @natfammediation and on the charity’s Facebook page.

Anyone wanting to know more about family mediation can visit www.nfm.org.uk or call 0300 4000 636 to find their nearest professional non-profit family mediator.

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