What Is It And How Can It Help?

If you and your partner are considering getting a divorce, chances are you want to do it in the most amicable and pain-free way possible. As you probably already know, going to court can be an incredibly lengthy procedure that can have grave effects on not just spouses but also any children or other family members involved. So, how can one go about getting a divorce without having to experience the stress of going to court? The answer is simple — family mediation. In today’s article, we explore family mediation, what it is and how it can help families in crisis, so read on to find out more.

Defining Family Mediation

Family mediation is a process that aids families in avoiding the costly (and lengthy) process of filing for divorce. During family mediation, an impartial and professionally trained third party will assist both parties in coming to amicable decisions regarding issues such as parenting, finances and property settlement. In a nutshell, the ultimate goal of family mediation is to avoid having to go to court to resolve disputes. Over 80% of cases are resolved with the help of family mediation, thus making it an incredibly successful alternative to the lengthy and exhausting alternative of going to court.

 

Understanding The Different Types of Mediation

Generally speaking, family mediation can either be informal or formal. Informal mediation can be as simple as a discussion between parents, a discussion with help from a close family member or a discussion with the help of a middleman.

On the flipside, formal family mediation is where you utilise the help of the Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) process and an accredited FDR interpreter. Accredited interpreters are highly skilled individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds, such as law and social sciences. All interpreters are trained in resolving disputes relating to children, finances, families, or property matters. Depending on your individual circumstances, either or options will be best suited to aid in resolving disputes and disagreements pertaining to your divorce.

 

Benefits of Family Mediation

There are numerous benefits to family mediation, and some of which include:

  • One of the biggest benefits of family mediation is the sheer amount of time and money that families are able to save. Going to court can prove to be an incredibly lengthy and costly affair that may take up to years to resolve on top of the thousands of dollars spent on legal fees.
  • A key benefit of mediation is the ability for families to maintain control and autonomy over proposed outcomes.  By reaching a mutual agreement at mediation, families have a unique solution to disputes that might not be what a court may order.
  • Family mediation can help to preserve relationships and reduce hostility amongst all involved. This is especially important if the co-parenting of children is involved. Many participants claim that mediation is an empowering experience that is miles away from what would have otherwise been present in an adversarial courtroom.
  • Lastly, mediation is the best way to keep personal information private, unlike court proceedings that make sensitive information open to the public. This can be especially helpful in reducing stress, embarrassment and hostility amongst parties in order to come up with the most beneficial decisions that suit each and every family’s individual needs to a tee.

When it comes to resolving issues pertaining to separation and divorce, mediation is always something that we recommend that families turn to before making the decision to go to court. We hope that this article has given you some insight into everything you need to know about family mediation and how it can help you, a friend or a loved one who finds themselves in need of legal advice. All the best!

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