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Family Mediation is a service to help couples who have separated, or are considering separation, to negotiate and agree their arrangements for the future, particularly in respect of their children and/or their finances.
Mediation encourages you, with your partner, to find a fair and acceptable way to meet your obligations to each other in respect of your family.
It can assist separating couples, those who have already separated or those with family difficulties hoping to avoid separation, to resolve the day to day running of the family.
The service can help you with any problem within the family unit whether or not you are considering separation.
Advantages of Mediation:
You and your partner take control, and with the assistance of the mediator, identify and resolve the issues between you both, without the intervention and stress of Court proceedings.
As a mutually acceptable agreement is reached together, it is more likely to be adhered to by the parties than an order imposed by the Court.
Mediation is quicker and less expensive than Court proceedings which can be protracted and expensive.
Mediation is not restricted by family legislation, unlike the Court, and is extremely flexible in finding unique ways to reach agreement that you both consider fair and practical.
Mediation is confidential and informal which helps to maintain co-operation and reduce conflict between couples.
The role of the Mediator is to:
be impartial and not to take sides
see both parties together and help them understand the family's needs and concerns
guide the discussion in an open and fair way thereby assisting the parties find an acceptable and beneficial resolution to their concerns.
The Mediation Process:
Mediation involves approximately 2 - 6 meetings of 1½ hours each enabling the parties to be creative and flexible in reaching an agreement which is appropriate to their family circumstances. The Mediator facilitates agreement for future arrangements ensuring that the parties make their decisions on an informed basis with an understanding of the implications and consequences. Where agreement is reached, the Mediator will provide a written document detailing the outcome.
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