Mediation is a voluntary process that is less formal and usually less expensive than court. It involves a mediator who helps both parties reach an agreement.
It is important that both parties must agree to participate.
Statistics has shown that parents and children may benefit from mediations:
- Children benefits from both parents working together.
- Both parties are in control of the decision, and can reach an agreement that suite their circumstances.
- Parties may learn techniques to resolve any future issues that may arise.
Is Mediation the correct method for me?
Here are some questions you should ask yourself before contemplating mediations:
- Do I feel safe talking to the other person, either face to face or through a mediator?
- Can I set aside my anger for the well being of our children?
- Am I willing to listen to other side of the story?
- Am I willing to negotiate for our children’s best interest?
- Am I able to resist pressure to agree to something I don’t think it is fair?
- Am I willing to uphold an agreement that is satisfactory to both of us?
- Do I see this process in terms of compromise rather than winning or losing?