Ryedale District Council

Housing mediation

Mediation services available to help resolve disputes.

I am having trouble with my neighbours - where can I get help?

If you believe a crime has been committed you should report this to the Police by dialling 101.

Safer Ryedale can also give advice and deal with anti-social behaviour and neighbour disputes or contact the Crime and Disorder Officer at Ryedale District Council on 01653 600666 ext 314.

The national charity Shelter's website has advice about tackling neighbourhood disputes through mediation.

I am a young person and my family are threatening to throw me out and I will be homeless - where can I get help?

The Council has specialist workers who work with young people and families to prevent homelessness. Mediation is one way of trying to resolve family disputes.

For more information visit our Homelessness Support page, email Housing Services or phone 01653 600666 to arrange an appointment or speak to an officer.

I am the parent or the guardian of a young person who lives with me and I need help as they our relationship has broken down - can I get help?

The Council has specialist workers who work with young people and families to prevent homelessness. Mediation is one way of trying to resolve family disputes.

For more information visit our Homelessness Support page, email Housing Services or phone 01653 600666 to arrange an appointment or speak to an officer.

My marriage or relationship has broken down and I need help to sort things out - where can I get advice?

You may seek advice from a family solicitor and some issues are dealt with through the Court system but mediation is another method of resolving disputes and sorting out practical issues.

What is family mediation?

If you are separating or divorcing, family mediation helps you sort out disputes - without involving big legal fees or going through a long drawn-out court battle. Professional family mediators help you work out what happens after you split up. They won't try to get you and your ex-partner back together. They can also help when you've been separated a while and need to sort something out. A mediator will listen to you and your ex-partner express your concerns and views to each other and will help you both to reach an agreement.

Mediation works by helping people find practical solutions that feel fair. Some people who can't afford mediation can get it for free through the 'Legal Aid' scheme.

To see if you qualify for Legal Aid, use the online Legal Aid Checker at GOV.UK or call the Civil Legal Advice service on 0345 3454345.

For more information on family mediation and contact details for local qualified family mediators, visit the Family Mediation Council

For more general guidance about ending a relationship visit Sorting Out Separation, Advice Now or Citizens Advice.


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