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    I've been following this new series with interest. Although it could be depressing to see and hear so many couples in bitter conflict, I've found it a fascinating look into the bread and butter of family mediation work. For me, the participants have kept it real in front of the cameras and there has been a good mixture of issues being dealt with- usually revolving around money or children. I would like to see more coverage of the actual process and procedure that the mediators aim to follow, though, as it's sometimes difficult to know whether the clients are going off on one against any agreed 'rules' or they have been encouraged beforehand to 'vent'.

    What have you liked/disliked about the episodes?

    How has watching them affected your view about the value of using mediation?

    If you had an issue concerning money or children with an ex partner, and you were under pressure to use mediation, how would you prepare for it based on what you have observed in the tv series?

    I am interested in these questions because I think mediation is under-used and potentially very effective, but I could see how some people would be less optimistic. Answers from pessimists, even cynics, welcome!
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