Mediation and Your Family Law Dispute – Agreements that Suit Your Needs
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is an alternative way to determine a family law dispute outside of the courts. The Mediator Standards Board defines mediation as: “a process in which the participants, with the support of the mediator, identify issues, develop options, consider alternatives and make decisions about future actions and outcomes.”
It is a process of problem-solving that is guided by an impartial third party called a mediator.
WHAT DOES A MEDIATOR DO?
In family law, the role of the mediator is to facilitate the process of dispute and conflict resolution while the content of the discussions rests with the parties. The mediator can assist the parties to clarify the most pertinent issues and consider ways to resolve these issues. A mediator will not, and cannot, give advice about your dispute or determine the dispute for you.