Why We Need More Culturally Inclusive Family Law Mediation Services

As more couples choose to divorce, it’s crucial that dispute resolution methods evolve to reflect and respect the diverse cultural backgrounds of those involved. In this post, Sarah explains why we need more culturally inclusive family law mediation services.


Mediation is a widely used approach in family law services. It’s often a cost-effective, efficient, and less stressful way of resolving differences between separating partners. But here’s the thing – as our society becomes more diverse, we need to make sure our mediation services are keeping up. 

Understanding the role of mediation in family law

Are you and your ex-partner struggling to agree on issues like child custody or financial arrangements? You’re not alone. Many families find these conversations challenging. That’s where mediation can help. Mediation is a widely used approach in family law services. In many cases, it’s a cost-effective, efficient, and less stressful way of resolving differences between separating partners. But in our increasingly diverse society, traditional mediation services may not always appreciate the unique cultural nuances that can impact these discussions.

The need for culturally inclusive mediation

As many of you know, I’ve spent my career as a family lawyer, working with a diverse range of clients. Over the years, I’ve noticed a unique set of challenges faced by my South Asian clients going through divorce. Cultural nuances, family dynamics, and often complex financial matters involving businesses, mahr and assets can make the process particularly more challenging.

Traditional court proceedings, while necessary in some cases, can often exacerbate these challenges. They can be lengthy, costly, and public – factors that can add to the stress and complexity of an already difficult time. This is where mediation comes in. Mediation can offer a more private, efficient, and less stressful alternative to court. It’s a process that encourages open communication and mutual agreement, helping to preserve relationships and protect financial assets.

Our mediation services need to reflect and respect the cultural diversity of the families we serve. They need to be not just accessible, but also culturally sensitive and inclusive. Recognising this need, I decided to take up the challenge and expand my expertise by becoming a trained mediator.

My goal? To ensure that SKB Law’s mediation services are not just keeping pace with societal changes, but leading the way in culturally inclusive dispute resolution. I want to ensure that everyone, no matter their cultural background, feels heard, understood, and respected in the mediation process.

SKB Law’s Committment to Culturally Inclusive Family Law Mediation

Our mediation service is led by founder of SKB Law, Sarah Khan-Bashir MBE, a trained mediator from the nationally recognised National Family Mediation. With over 25 years of experience and a reputation as one of the UK’s leading family law solicitors, Sarah brings a wealth of expertise and a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by families. Her culturally sensitive approach ensures that your needs are taken into account, providing a more effective and inclusive mediation service.

Thank you for reading. If you found this guide useful, please share it with others who might benefit from it. For more assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at SKB Law.

SKB Law is an award-winning family law firm advising clients going through divorce, dealing with child custody issues, or navigating complex financial matters.  Please remember, the information contained in this post does not replace legal advice. Contact our team to explore your options and understand the costs involved. 

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