What is Mediation?
Mediation involves families in conflict working out arrangements for themselves and their children with the help of neutral and skilled mediators. The aim of mediation is to reach an agreement that is mutually acceptable to the parties within the broad range of that which a court would be likely to approve.
How Long Does Mediation Take?
Each mediation session usually lasts two hours. The number of sessions needed depends on the nature of the problems - generally, 3 to 6 sessions are necessary. The charges for mediation sessions are payable at the end of each session. Responsibility for payment of mediation fees may be shared between the parties in any way they may agree.
What Problems can be Brought to Mediation?
Any or all of the problems that arise when couples split up can be brought to mediation:
* Arrangements which concern the children, such as drawing up a parenting plan which would include contact and care arrangements.
* Maintenance – child and spousal
* Property and financial matters.
A trained, experienced and accredited mediator can mediate on his/her own. Mediation in the divorce/separation / child-related field may be most effectively and ideally dealt with by two mediators who work together as a team: one an experienced family lawyer and the other an experienced professional trained in marital and family work, usually a psychologist or a social worker.
The mediator/s help couples resolve the legal and financial issues as well as reach an agreement regarding arrangements for the children. The mediation process enables the couple to reach a lasting agreement and avoids the polarization and hostility often caused by the divorce/separation.