Benefits and Advantages

Mediation can offer a number of advantages over conventional approaches to the resolution of family disputes:

  • The pace and control of the mediation process lies with the participants
  • Separating a joint relationship into two separate and independent lives takes place over a period of time dictated by the participants rather than by court process.
  • Participants work to their own negotiated agenda.
  • The participants retain control over their own affairs which can assist in maintaining self- respect and dignity.
  • Mediation helps to prevent hostility and promotes communication.
  • There is no right or wrong, winner or loser.
  • Arrangements for children negotiated by mediation are statistically more likely to work in the long term than arrangements ordered by court.
  • Where children are involved, after making decisions participants can meet intermittently to reinforce, discuss and reach further decisions on parenting and other issues with the assistance of mediators.
  • In divorce cases mediation can be used alongside the court process to reach informed decisions.
  • A mediation agreement, voluntarily consented to, is more likely to be satisfactory to both parties than a Court imposed solution.
  • A wide range of family issues can be the subject of mediation not just those involving married or co-habiting couples. Issues involving the extended family, including grandparents, step- parents and other adult family members may be considered for mediation.
  • Even where agreement is not reached through mediation it can be of value in promoting improved communication between participants.

Any decisions reached can, with the assistance of independent legal advisors, be contained within a formal agreement or Court Order. When relating to divorce this will be necessary to give legal effect to the agreement.