Family Mediators’ Association of the Western Cape
FAMAC has its origins in FAMSA Western Cape, where an interest group was formed in 1988 to look into the possibility of offering a divorce/family mediation service. After training with Lisa Parkinson and Henry Brown of the Family Mediators’ Association in the UK FAMAC adopted the FMA training model and became autonomous.
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which parties are helped by a neutral professional (a legal practitioner and or mental health practitioner – social worker or psychologist) to explore possibilites of resolving issues and disputes (any family and divorce related disputes) between themselves by mutual agreement without adjudication.
How can FAMAC help?
We help provide a more durable outcome and aim at achieving a formal agreement between parties through collaboration. Our approach is holistic, taking into account many factors which adjudication does not. Our mediators examine the causes and dynamics of the conflicts, interests and positions of the parties.
We host training, workshops and conferences and invite experts to help inform, educate and upskill our members.
- Learn from accredited mediation experts
- Network with other industry professionals
- Develop skills to create more effective outcomes
- Learn to manage conflict in a wide application field
Our mediators help gather information, identify issues, and negotiate terms in order to reach a settlement.
- Resolve legal and financial issues
- Reach an agreement regarding arrangements for children
- Find common ground
- Collaborate on creating a lasting agreement
Parenting coordinators are experienced mediators in family law, psychology and social work and are appointed by agreement in terms of a Court Order and are mandated to resolve disputes.
- Assist parties in implementing parenting plans
- Help resolve disputes about maintenance
- Advocate for the best interests of the children
Contact us to find out more about how our accredited mediators can help with divorce and family disputes.
Or find out more about our events, workshops and training.