Practical and fair agreements, crafted by both of you.
Why choose divorce mediation?
Unlike the litigious route, family mediation recognises that you are the most knowledgeable when it comes to your family. Therefore mediation empowers you to make the decisions for your families future. Family mediation allows you to speak directly to each other, so that you can both explain what you are feeling and what is most important to you. It also lets you focus on the things that really matter to you as a family.
The benefits of divorce mediation
Improves communication: Mediation provides a safe environment for discussions to take place. The mediator is impartial. Their role is to provide the framework within which each party will voice their concerns, views and needs.
Increases awareness: Mediation fosters increased awareness by focusing the discussion on what is driving each person’s thinking, feeling and behaviour. It allows the focus to be on finding solutions to the underlying reasons for the conflict rather than on the presenting behaviour.
Mindful behaviour: Increased awareness leads to mindful behaviour. Mindful behaviour in the context of mediation involves acting in a manner which reflects an understanding of the others concerns, views and needs.
Reduces emotional turmoil: In mediation the focus is on finding acceptable solutions rather than on “winning” at all costs. The bad feeling associated with this is removed. This reduces pressure, resentment, struggle and distress.
Better relationships: Research demonstrates that agreements reached through mediation are much more likely to be honoured by both parties than those enforced by the courts.
Increased empowerment and control: Mediation allows the two parties the opportunity to take responsibility for making their own decisions. It also enables parties to commit to one another, and to their children.
Saves money: Meditation saves money because it requires less process steps, stakeholders and paperwork to reach a resolution than litigation does.
Reduced time frames: Because mediation helps reduce destructive emotions and encourage positive dialogue, the process of reaching a solution can be realised a lot sooner.
Better equipped to co-parent: During the mediation sessions a parenting plan will be developed. This will include anything the parents need to agree on about their children. Having an effective parenting plan will provide parents with a basis for them to successfully co-parent.
Less impact on children: Because mediation promotes the positive involvement of both parents in a child’s life, it is helpful in resolving emotional issues in family conflict. This can impact positively on a child’s adjustment to the divorce.