Family mediation has a number of benefits for everyone involved in the process of separation and divorce. For many, the benefits are financial — the mediation service can help to suggest ways in which the financial situation may be divided or property can be split. It’s also financially beneficial in that the huge legal costs of going through court are avoided. However, the benefits a family mediator can bring aren’t just financial.
In most cases considering the use of family mediation is compulsory, in that a judge in a divorce court will have expected you to go through mediation before taking the case to court. Being able to resolve your dispute quickly and effectively will be hugely beneficial to all parties involved, helping you to make arrangements for the custody of children, residence, grandparents’ contact rights and many other issues of dispute surrounding a divorce.
If you take your conflict to court, the judge will have the final say on what happens. one big advantage of using a family mediator however, it is you who has a say in the outcome, with the verdict being based on compromise and agreement. The benefit of the level of communication often seen in mediation can often help overcome barriers and misunderstandings and ensure that both parties are able to come out of the experience positively. Showing your children that you can cooperate and act as adults will be extremely beneficial to them in the long-run.
If you are in a situation where you have recently separated and arrangements for the children are difficult to arrange because of hurt feelings and high tempers, family law mediation could provide an important way for you to resolve disputes quickly and easily. For grandparents, this can be particularly valuable as being unable to see your grandchildren through no fault of your own can be a heartbreaking and devastating thing to have to go through.
Most of the time, people don’t want to have to go to court. They really don’t. The courts are there as a last resort when disputes really cannot be solved by talking or compromise and in situations whereby a third-party judgement is necessary. However, the vast majority of disputes can be solved long before they get to court — no matter how much you might feel things are at a complete impasse.
If you want to find out more about how family mediation can help to resolve your family law disputes,, you will first need to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) in order to find out if mediation is right for you. You are able to visit separately or can visit with your partner if this is possible. If it is decided that using a family mediator would be a beneficial way for things to move forward, you will be given further information as to how you can get the ball rolling and move towards a resolution which benefits all of the parties involved and can help to put an end to hurtful and unhelpful conflict.
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