Family mediation is a process of resolving family disputes through an independent, trained mediator to help the separating couple to reach a solution for the issues related to children, finance and other family-related matters. The mediator facilitates the negotiation to find a solution that works for both.
Family Mediation is the court's preferred way of resolving an argument, or issues that occur after a separation or the breakdown of a relationship. It can help with child contact, the custody of a child, child support maintenance and disputes involving money and property e.g. the family home, debts, bills, pensions, shares and savings; the Court will expect the parties to consider mediation before applying to the court to hear their case.
Mediation is a confidential, voluntary process where the separated couple can negotiate with the help of a family mediator.
Mediation offers the following benefits:
Some Frequently asked questions:
Is family mediation the same as marriage guidance or relationship counselling?
No, family mediation is totally different from marriage guidance, or relationship counselling. Marriage guidance and relationship counselling help couples to understand and communicate with each other better, in order to mend the relationship, or to make the relationship work. Family mediation is used when the relationship has irretrievably broken down with both parties understanding that the relationship is over and they now wish to discuss and reach agreements on the way forward after their relationship has ended.
Is family mediation helpful?
Mediating can be very helpful as it can open up channels of communication and will greatly assist parties who would like an amicable divorce or a fair, affordable and realistic agreement. This is especially important if there are children involved. For many people the idea of mediating can seem daunting at first, especially if they have not seen their ex-partner or the opposing side for some time. However, Star Family Mediation Service mediators are professional and approachable and the family mediation centres used are comfortable, making the setting very neutral, informal and as relaxed an atmosphere as possible.
This depends on the type of issues, whether all of the required information and supporting paperwork is provided by both mediation parties, and how willing each of the parties are to explore and resolve the issues. The average number of family mediation meetings it takes are two to three ( 2 hourly sessions).