|Often people assume that mediation or Family dispute resolution is only relevant to family law matters involving children, but this is not the case. For parenting matters mediation is compulsory, and in property matters it is highly recommended.
First and foremost, mediation can represent an economical option compared with litigating a dispute through the courts. Not only does it reduce or prevent the heavy burden of legal and court related expenses, reaching a resolution at mediation is quicker than litigation as it can take years to progress a matter through the court system.
Mediation allows each party to express their view as to how a matter can be resolved in a safe environment. It can help parties focus upon the issues that matter the most, and even if the matter does not resolve at mediation, it can help illuminate the path forward and highlight any steps that need to be taken, such as obtaining further valuations of property before further negotiations occur.
At mediation, the parties have the undivided attention of an experienced Family Dispute Practitioner (Mediator) and can have the support of a lawyer for the duration of the session which could last an entire day, something that is often not possible in busy legal firms and courtrooms.
Finally, mediation allows for creative solutions that are potentially not available to the courts.
How does it work?
Mediations can take place with both parties being in the same room provided both parties agree or otherwise by shuttle where the parties are in different rooms and the mediator moves between the two rooms thereby ensuring the parties are kept separate or it can take place by telephone or video link.
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*The legal information in this article is of a general nature only and not intended to be legal advice to rely upon