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What is mediation?

  • Mediation is a process in which an experienced and qualified mediator helps a couple, or other family members, to reach joint decisions about one or more matters relating to children, finance and property.
  • The focus of mediation is the future, i.e. the concrete issues which need to be resolved by the participants to be able to move forward.
  • Mediation also aims to improve communication between the parties so that they are able to build a reasonably amicable relationship and resolve problems which may arise in the future without the need for external help.
  • Mediation enables couples who have children to co-operate as parents.

What mediation is not

  • Mediation is not counselling: it does not deal with the conflicts which led to the breakdown of the relationship or the emotional issues arising from it. However, in some instances I may be able to offer brief counselling myself.
  • Mediation does not aim to bring the couple back together but this may occasionally happen when communication between ex-partners improves.
  • As a mediator I do not provide legal advice. This is the role of solicitors. However, I can give information on some legal or other relevant matters.
  • As a mediator I do not take sides. I remain impartial.
  • I do not try to influence the outcome. The participants make their own decisions.
 
 

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