When couples separate, a lot of difficult decisions often need to be made. It may be that you and your ex-partner feel confident separation is the best way forward, but how will you both decide what your new living arrangements will look like? What will the new ‘normal’ be for your family in the future?
Family mediation involves discussion with a professionally trained mediator who will support you in mapping out the road ahead for your family. They will work with you to agree on matters such as your finances, assets and child arrangements.
Mediators will listen to both of your concerns and wishes, and will work in a way that suits you both. For example, if you do not want to see your partner or ex-partner face-to-face during a mediation, you do not have to. You can meet with the mediator separately from each other.
Divorce lawyer Dan Norris says that if you are concerned about going to court and the impact this could have on your family, mediation is a great route.
“Mediation is usually cheaper and faster than going through the court. The parties have much more control and sessions of mediation can be agreed to suit them both.”
“It’s possible to work towards a positive co-parenting relationship with your partner through mediation. You can work together to decide the best arrangement for your children going forward.”
“Nothing said or discussed in mediation can be used in court unless both parties agree that this would be appropriate, so there’s an element of privacy too. Both partners can be open and honest.”
“Mediation is a way of creating a dialogue between the parties in order to find an outcome that works for everyone. It’s designed to promote communication and mutual agreement, even in cases where you may not think this is possible.”