Mediation is a voluntary and confidential way to resolve family law disputes without giving the decision-making power to the courts. Mediation involves sitting down with the other side in the dispute and a third-party who is neutral and impartial (the mediator).
Uses of Mediation
Mediation can encourage separating/divorcing couples to co-operate with each other in working out mutually acceptable arrangements on all or any of the following:
- Parenting the children
- Financial support
- Family home and property
The mediator helps the parties identify the important issues in the dispute and decide how they can resolve it themselves. The mediator doesn’t tell them what to do, or make a judgment about who’s right and who’s wrong. Control over the outcome of the case stays with the parties.
Healy O’Connor Solicitors have experience in mediating family law matters and can provide advice to assist both parties to determine the best outcome depending on their own particular circumstances.