Mediation: Focus on Resolution
Mediation is a process that aims to reduce antagonism and enhance cooperation. Participants work with the guidance of the mediator. The mediator facilitates results by providing an environment and tools to actively engage the parties and inspire them to work towards resolutions. Mediation allows families to maintain control over their lives by providing the opportunity to create flexible arrangements suited to their family's needs.
Participants in the mediation process are often more satisfied with the outcome of their negotiations because they have actively constructed their own solutions. Consequently participants are also more likely to honour the agreements that they have created and this results in a more peaceful environment for everyone, especially children.
THE MEDIATION PROCESS
Mediation is not a “one shot” event. The Mediator will have an initial one on one meeting with each spouse to understand the circumstances and particular concerns from each person’s perspective. The parties and Mediator next meet together in joint sessions. The first joint session establishes the goals to be reached, prioritizes the matters to be discussed and sets the framework for full disclosure and respectful communication. The work continues in joint sessions with the mediator working through the matters identified until the goals are achieved. Family Mediations typically require more than one session.
Mediation requires commitment – to the process of resolution, to the other person’s perspectives, emotions and needs; to the long-term and day-to-day plan you construct together for your family. Investment in both the process and the end results are key to success.
Mediators do not represent the legal interests of either participant. Before finalizing any Agreement achieved through Mediation each spouse is strongly advised to consult his or her own lawyer for Independent Legal Advice.