Mediation is a voluntary way of resolving disputes where a lawyer helps facilitate meaningful discussion. Mediation may be an effective alternative dispute resolution mechanism for families experiencing low to high levels of conflicts, as shown by various research.
What is family mediation?
Mediation is the neutral facilitation of family dispute negotiations. The negotiating parties enter the family mediation process voluntarily and maintain control over the contents of the discussion. The process is designed to ensure a safe environment and level playing field.
The process is practical, and in most cases, it fosters an environment whereby participants are motivated to resolve the issues. Mediation should be considered before adversarial proceedings begin or become necessary - it should be the first option to consider for most family disputes and conflicts.
The goals of family mediation?
- Ensure the safety of the participants
- Provide an equal opportunity for all participants to speak
- Reduce the emotional stress of the participants
- Reduce the financial costs
- Minimize conflict by upholding peace and respect
- A fair and reasonable agreement is reached