You and partner have separated and can’t agree on matters. These ‘matters’ are about some very important stuff – your property and, the most important thing of all, your children.
You may or may not have involved lawyers to try and sort out these matters. You may or may not be involved in the court process; irrespective of those issues, you can mediate.
Mediation is a whole hearted effort to explore options and resolve matters without ego getting in the way.
Mediation is a chance for both people to come together (although you don’t necessarily have to be in the same room) and try and reach agreement about your family law matter – the stuff you can’t agree about.
With the help of a Mediator, who is a neutral third person and who has skills to guide you through a process – it is the best chance you have to reach agreement and a positive outcome. Doing it this way keeps you out of court and best of all reduces conflict and stress for everyone, including the kids.
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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.