What is Family Mediation?
Family mediation is a widely used form of negotiation between two parties who would benefit from assistance when discussing the terms of their separation, finances and arrangements relating to their children.
The family mediator is an independent, trained professional encompassing the skills required to help the parties when one or both parties may be finding things difficult, or emotionally charged. It offers a flexible and dynamic approach to resolving any issues resulting from a separation.
Family mediation, however, is not limited to the separating couple it is also a highly successful form of negotiation for grandparents and step-parents for example.
Fundamentally, the mediator remains completely neutral during the process, they can offer no advice but solutions and explanations when it comes to each party’s view point, allowing each of them a voice.
Mediation can also be effective when each party is supported by solicitors who they can consult for advice in between sessions.
The advantages of mediation can be colossal in comparison to court proceedings, this is why mediation should be seriously considered as an option to resolving any disputes:-
- There is less animosity, the process can be less stressful
- The process can be less upsetting for families and less impacting on any children involved.
- The process is quicker, less expensive, less protracted and friendlier for the parties if they are willing to engage.
Our trained Family Mediator Louise Martin, can assist parties in the mediation process, please contact Sharon our Mediation Co-Ordinator for more information or to arrange an appointment. Please do get in touch to discuss how mediation can help you.
By Kim Mapperson, Solicitor