Often when a couple breaks down there are many issues that require resolving such as child custody, parental responsibility, financial matters and other property related issues. Family mediation is becoming an increasingly popular way to resolve these issues. It is a process where the parties meet with a neutral mediator to discuss their concerns in a facilitated discussion that may take place face to face or online and may involve joint or separate meetings as required by the participants.
During mediation, the mediator will listen to both sides and help them to identify their needs and explore options for solutions that may address all of the issues. The sessions are flexible and can be conducted in one day or over a number of shorter sessions, depending on the participants’ schedules. Mediation can be a quick process, often less expensive than court proceedings and it is generally less stressful as it is a voluntary, consensual process.
While it can be difficult to negotiate through feelings of anger, fear and hurt, it is important for both parties to try to remain as amicable as possible. For example, if there is a history of domestic violence, the parties should always consider their safety and that of any children involved in the dispute before making any decisions about ending contact. It is also useful to be empathetic and understand how past experiences can impact perceptions of the current situation. By addressing these issues, families can find healthy resolutions that benefit them in the long term. https://yorkshire.lakesmediation.co.uk/