Now that we know the What and Why of Mediation let’s look at some tips to help you get the most out of your family law mediation.
We will look at three top tips –
- Preparing for mediation
- Generating options
- Being calm – breathing
Tip #1 – Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
Whilst attending mediation is not the same as going to court, it is a great opportunity for parties to get together to work things out with the help of an independent neutral person – the Mediator.
Sometimes this will involve getting access to and considering practical factual information. Have you considered, for example:
- Property matters:
-Whether you need a valuation for the house, cars, superannuation etc;
-Whether the bank will agree to a refinance (if one party wishes to keep the house)
- Parenting matters:
-Whether you need to speak to your boss about the option of flexible work arrangements in order to facilitate your proposal about spending time with the children.
-Whether other parties can be involved in the changeover to help out.
The more you prepare and gather information, the better the likelihood of an agreement being reached.
Mediation is usually your best opportunity to try and resolve matters outside of a stressful court setting and you should be as comfortable and prepared as possible.
Prepare. Create Options. Breath
Joelene Nel is the Director of, and a mediator at, The Mediation Place. She is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner; she also practises as a Senior Associate Family Lawyer at McLaughlins Lawyers. Joelene’s most challenging and rewarding work is that of being a mother to two children.
If you have parenting matters that you need some assistance in resolving, contact The Mediation Place – we focus families on positive resolutions.