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Why Divorce Mediation?
- Self-empowering - Parties negotiate for themselves
- Divorce mediation maintains the parties stature as parents
- Both parties take responsibility for resolving their own conflicts
- More likely to uphold their agreement - future litigation unlikely
- Negotiation period is shorter, enabling quicker reconstruction of their lives
- Divorce mediation is less expensive than litigation
About Divorce Mediation
Divorce mediation is a voluntary process of dissolving a marriage or union with the assistance of a divorce mediator. Divorce mediation can only be entered into if both parties agree. With divorce mediation the parties negotiate for themselves and the decision-making power and responsibility always remain in their hands as the divorce mediator only acts as the neutral facilitator. The divorce mediator doesn’t act as a judge, make any decisions and / or imposes his/her view on the parties, but merely controls the process.
The divorce mediation process is confidential. All documents used during the mediation cannot be used in any other forum if these proceedings terminate unresolved.
The divorce mediation process is an unhurried procedure in which the divorce mediator carefully and systematically guides the parties towards agreement concerning the issues which are in dispute. Agreements and disagreements are defined, relevant information is gathered and shared, different proposals are discussed and alternatives considered in order reaching consensual settlement, accommodating the needs of all the family members and especially serving the best interests of the children.
As far as possible divorce mediation aims for a win-win outcome, where both parties feel they have equally compromised on issues. With divorce mediation a hostile, lengthy and costly legal battles can be avoided.
Divorce mediation has a high success rate and more than 80% of mediations do not last longer than 3-4 sessions. The outcome of successful mediation lies in the manifesto of either a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and/or a Parenting Plan.
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