The Top 5 Benefits of Family Mediation

The Top 5 Benefits of Family Mediation

The Top 5 Benefits of Family Mediation

What is Family Mediation?

Mediation can be used when dealing with numerous family law issues, including divorce, financial, and child matters. Mediation (also referred to as family mediation or divorce mediation) is where an impartial and professionally trained mediator helps you and your ex/ separating partner come to an amicable arrangement.

Lisa Evans is a director at Grant Stephens Family Law with significant experience in all aspects of family law, she is a member of Resolution and is accredited by the Family Mediation Council.

What are the top 5 benefits of family mediation?

1. Amicable Communication

Family mediation is voluntary and both parties would need to agree to the process. Once mediation starts, it is important for both parties to take a positive approach and amicable communication will be promoted by the family mediator. Being able to communicate amicably during the process will reduce any potential conflict and make decisions and negotiations easier for all parties involved.

2. Timescales

In comparison to court proceedings which can take months between hearings, matters that can be resolved through mediation can conclude in a much more time-efficient manner. There is no set amount of time required to resolve matters through mediation. The length of a mediation session can typically range between one and two hours and many matters can be resolved for parties between two and four sessions.

3. Costs

As mentioned in the points above, due to the nature of mediation and parties working together to find the best overall solution, mediation does not require the same amount of time, work or correspondence that is needed with court proceedings. Therefore, there are significantly fewer costs involved when opting to go through mediation.

4. Control and Flexibility

Mediation aims to provide a flexible alternative dispute resolution option. When going through family matters, no two cases are ever identical, Mediation can be tailored to the needs and requirements of the parties involved. The process of mediation is not bound to start at a specific point and could start at the time of separation or even years down the line.

5. Reduced Pressure

Here at Grant Stephens Family Law, we go to significant lengths to provide a warm and open environment so that any matters raised through the mediation process can be dealt with in a non-confrontational manner. You will never feel like you are not being listened to, our accredited mediator will be focused on reaching an amicable solution and treating both parties equally.

If you are thinking about mediation, want to know more information or how to start the process, contact us to speak with our accredited family mediator.

Published: 1 November 2023

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