In my humble opinion, Mediation is the best way to help a separated couple resolve their differences. Mediation is done privately, outside of a courtroom. It is less costly than litigation and it allows the participants to have some control over the outcome.
The best part is that mediation is not a “one size fits all” solution. This process allows the Mediator to help the parties create options “outside of the box” which are designed specifically to suit your family’s particular needs and circumstances.
Having said all of that, it’s not always easy for separating couples to participate in Mediation. They may be angry at one another or even hurt by what has happened. That’s where I come in. My role as the mediator is to facilitate only positive communication between the two of you in a safe environment.
Mediation is a voluntary process. That means that the participants have to agree to participate. As long as both parties are prepared to be open-minded, respectful towards one another and committed to the process, I can help them reach an agreement through mediation which meets BOTH of their needs. In this respect, mediation is a “win-win” situation, unlike the court process, which typically ends with one winner and one loser.
– Kelly Edmonds
Kelly P. Edmonds
BA, LL B, AccFM (OAFM)
Family Law Lawyer and Mediator