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Why you must consider family mediation (and when you must NOT).

Why you must consider family mediation (and when you must NOT).

Well, if you or someone you know, is facing family disputes, and/or facing relationship breakdown, then you will need to know more.

If you need to have a continuing relationship with your ex (for example financial agreements and/or child arrangements), mediation makes the communication process more open.

Long standing views of relationship breakdowns means going to court. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

In fact, before applying to the Family Court for family proceedings, you must first prove that you have looked at family mediation as an alternative.

PLUS:

  1. Research shows that family mediation is cheaper, quicker and more effective than going to court.
  2. Agreements reached are statistically more likely to be stuck to than court orders.
  3. Relationships and communication following mediation are more cooperative than after litigation.

So, if you want effective co-parenting, and agreement that seems fair to you both, and you want to keep costs lower, you MUST consider family mediation.

Mediation:

  • Cheaper than going to court
  • Faster than going to court
  • More effective than going to court

Court makes you opponents.

Family mediation aligns your common goals.

I can’t help my think of court for family law like a boxing ring. You stare at each other and try to exploit the weaknesses of the person you once loved. Hurt and anger becomes the motivation rather than what is best for your now separating family.

Court will leave you battered and bruised, and relationships in tatters.

Family mediation can open communication channels and promotes negotiations.

Family mediation leaves you in control of the outcome for you and your family.

You reach a mutual agreement rather than a Judge deciding your fate.

When you MUST NOT consider family mediation

If you are suffering from domestic abuse, family mediation may not suitable for you. However you can still discuss options such as shuttle mediation with a mediator on your own first before deciding it is not appropriate.

There are other options available, so make sure you seek help from Domestic Abuse Charities, such as Southern Domestic Abuse Service. Also, talk to a family law lawyer to explore options.

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