If you are going through a separation or divorce, there will be many issues to work out such as child custody, visitation schedules, property division and more. It may be helpful to discuss these issues in a family law mediation session with a qualified professional.
Mediation is a voluntary process wherein the participants agree to try and resolve their disputes in a less stressful way than going to court. Mediation can be completed in one day or in a series of sessions over a time period chosen by the parties. Mediation can be faster and more cost effective than going to court, although you may still have to pay some fees for things like private investigation, expert testimonies and filing fees.
The goal of family mediation is to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable solution to their dispute that works for their particular circumstances. The mediator helps the parties discuss issues, brainstorm options and create realistic solutions to their problems through the use of experience, attentive listening and creative thinking.
A key difference between family mediation and going to court is that the individuals involved in the dispute are the ones who know best how the situation should be resolved. They are in the best position to determine what assets are important to them, for example, or what a routine would work best for their children. They are also in a better position to decide how the parents will communicate and what role each parent should play in their children’s lives. Leaving these decisions up to a judge could result in a decision that is not ideal for the family or the children involved.
Family mediation sessions can be conducted in a confidential setting and are designed to promote productive discussion between the parties. The parties share their perspectives on each issue and then work together to find a solution that will meet both of their needs. In the end, the mediator will assist them in documenting the terms of their agreement and preparing it for signing.
If the parties are not able to reach an agreement, the mediator may encourage them to consider seeking the assistance of a solicitor in order to bring the matter to court. However, the terms of the agreement remain confidential and no details will be disclosed to the court without the consent of both parties.
If you are in a dispute with your ex-partner and need assistance, contact Mr. Darren Shapiro to discuss the matter in a free initial consultation of up to 30 minutes. You can find a qualified mediator in your area by searching the Family Mediators Council Register. This is a non-profit organisation that maintains a professional register of family mediators and provides a useful resource for those in need of mediation services. It is recommended that you seek the assistance of a solicitor before commencing mediation to ensure that you are prepared and to understand your rights. The Law Society website can be used to locate a solicitor in your area.