For many couples experiencing martial difficulties it is difficult to communicate at any level. Many couples will experience; shouting matches, arguments involving the children and financial problems.

Mediation, is a form of alternative dispute resolution or a method of resolving disputes between two or more parties. A third party, the mediator assists the parties to negotiate their own settlement. In some cases, mediators may suggest what they think might be a fair or reasonable settlement, generally where all the parties agree that the mediator may do so. Mediation also helps couples to cut back substantially on legal costs.

Mediation is a structured process, with deadlines and dynamics that “ordinary” negotiation lacks. It is a private and confidential process. A unique feature of mediation is the presence of a mediator. Couples may not be obliged to go to mediation, but in some cases, any settlement agreement signed by both parties to a dispute will be binding on them. Mediators use various techniques to open, or improve, communication between both parties, aiming to help them reach an agreement on the disputed matter.

Some common topics covered in mediation are;
– Future living arrangements
– Division of Assets
– Maintenance
– Education for the children
– Custody, access and guardianship
– Pensions and future family incomes