What is mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process, during which a neutral, skilled third party helps families in conflict to resolve their disputes, by finding unique and mutually acceptable outcomes.
What does the mediation process entail?
Typically you will attend two to three mediation sessions. If agreement is reached, a settlement agreement and/or parenting plan will be prepared, setting out the terms of agreement. The necessary formal legal processes will then be attended to.
What are the benefits of Mediation?
Mediation is confidential and the information shared cannot be used for or against you in court.
Mediation is voluntary. No one can force you to attend mediation or to agree to anything that you are not comfortable with.
Mediation is empowering. You remain in control of the outcome of your case and have the authority to make decisions for yourself, rather than leaving the decision to a Judge or Magistrate.
You have the opportunity to create outcomes which are unique to your and your family's situation.
The mediator is neutral and impartial and cannot make decisions on your behalf.
Mediation is a much cheaper and faster process compared to litigation.
What is the difference between litigation and mediation?
Litigation means to engage in legal proceedings in a court of law, usually with the assistance of an attorney who will advise on procedure and strategy.
Litigation is by it's nature adversarial and forces parties to take a position, whereas mediation encourages dialogue and seeing one's position from a different perspective.