Mediation can be in the context of a family in conflict or between parents about the contact arrangements with children or the financial responsibilities of each parent. Remarkable results are often produced, and the success lies in its very nature – allowing parties to speak their minds and express their emotions in a contained environment, coupled with an experienced third party skilled in negotiating, communicating and problem-solving.

Mediation results in:

  • Relatively high rates of agreed settlement;
  • High levels of compliance with the settlement agreement terms;
  • Cost saving;
  • Time saving;
  • Preserving on-going relationships;
  • Optimal terms of settlement;
  • Satisfaction of the parties.

Mediation encourages the parties to look forward rather than backwards in time.

Family members or parents meet with a neutral and objective third person, the mediator, who assists them resolve the conflict by: facilitating discussions, assisting them identify issues, clarifying priorities, exploring areas of compromise, and generating options. The mediation process offers each person the opportunity to discuss issues, clear up disagreements, and reach an agreement. A key goal of mediation during divorce or separation is to preserve the parenting relationship (co-parenting) in the best interests of the child. The legal purpose of mediation is to end up with a legally binding, comprehensive Divorce Settlement Agreement, including a detailed Parenting Plan, which will be presented to the Court for approval, and made an order of the Court.