You might be asking what first measures you could take to get through this challenging process as fast and pleasantly as you can if you’ve decided to separate or divorce. In family mediation, a neutral, skilled professional helps a couple get the support they need to come to their own decisions about children, property, and finances without involving the court.

Do you need a mediator to handle Money-Related Issues?

When it comes to resolving financial and property issues, mediators can assist couples in a nonjudgmental manner in negotiating the parameters of a financial settlement that takes into account their respective needs and circumstances. Without having to go to court, realistic, workable agreements can be promptly made and turned into legally binding Consent Orders.

A mediator can assist in negotiations on issues like the family home, for instance, whether one of you should stay in the house or whether it should be sold and, if so, when and how the proceeds should be split. Should the tenancy of a rental property be altered or transferred? If one individual needs to be compensated for the loss of pension rights, endowments, and other benefits is another crucial aspect of the financial equation.

The final decision will depend on the couples’ perception of what they believe to be fair and what best serves the needs of the entire family, including the children. The mediator will then assist in identifying potential solutions.

Advantages of mediation for kids

Parental cooperation over their children, a discussion of their needs, and complete consideration of any worries each parent may have about the children are all made possible through mediation. Despite your emotions, it’s crucial to put your kids’ needs first and keep them out of fights and arguments.
The Mediator may also see your child in some circumstances, especially if they are old enough to communicate their feelings; however, this requires specialised training, and not all Mediators are able to offer this service. Only if both parties and the child concur will this take place. Only the information that your youngster agrees to receives feedback from the mediator.

Benefits to reach an agreement through mediation

• Quicker than court: Family mediation is expedient. Mediation typically lasts 4 to 8 weeks, whereas court cases might take months to conclude.

• Cost – Mediation is free if you qualify for financial aid for legal representation. If you choose to pay for mediation, it will be significantly less expensive than going to court or hiring attorneys to represent you.

• Creativity – Mediation gives you the freedom to use your imagination to tackle the problems you’re trying to solve. They may include concerns that the Court is unable to settle on your behalf. Several couples claim that using mediation allowed them to end their marriages or separate amicably and that speaking openly about their issues allowed them to come up with reasonable, individualised solutions.

• Control – The result will always be in your hands. This sets it apart from a court setting where a judge would ultimately impose a decision on you.

• Communication – Mediation can enhance communication between you because it fosters collaboration to find a solution. Conflict is lessened, which is crucial when kids are involved. Whatever your emotions, it’s crucial to prioritise your children’s needs since this can assist preserve crucial family ties.

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