How Mediation Works
Family mediation is a completely voluntary process. Though all divorcing or separating couples have to undertake at least one mediation session, called a MIAM or Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting , there is no obligation to continue further.
Mediation is one of the best ways to help a conflicted family reach a consensus about various legal issues like alimony, child support, asset distribution, finance management and child custody. A court case should be the last resort as mediation is much easier, faster and less traumatic (especially if there are minors involved) than a lengthy court case.
We at Country Wide Mediation offer highly professional mediation services for families undergoing a divorce or separation. The process starts with a first assessment session, where the mediator is assigned to the family. The mediator discusses the broad issues in the first meeting.
This is a chance for the mediator to judge how much mediation can help the family and what type of sessions would best suit them. It is also presents the family with the opportunity to figure out how, when and where they would like the meetings to happen.
If they feel uncomfortable with the assigned mediator they can ask for the help of another mediator.
Mediators often host separate sessions to accommodate families who have moved away as well as ex-partners who do not wish to have joint sessions for a variety of reasons.
Over 3 or more sessions, the mediator will take on the role of a neutral, third party observer and help the parties discuss their issues and come to an agreement about various pertinent matters.
Family mediation happens in a completely impartial, open environment. The mediator aims at creating an atmosphere of open and calm discussion.
This makes it very easy for conflicting parties to open up about their expectations and try to come to a compromise. A court environment is very rigid and formal, and leaves little room for negotiation or reconciliation.
Mediation is a much gentler process and can sometimes even result in a settlement which preserves family relationships and heals them in the long term.
Mediation is all about making the process of negotiating a new family situation easier. It is particularly beneficial for the minors involved, who are often deeply impacted by the psychological toll a lengthy court case takes on their mind. Mediation is a very positive way of settling differences.
Mediation is not a legal service, nor is it a good replacement for counseling. It is much broader than that, offering the parties a chance to find common ground outside of the court. Since the decision is mutual, it is much easier to adhere to it as opposed to an externally imposed order from the court.