Mediation is a process used during separation whereby family members negotiate face-to-face to settle arrangements for the future of their family with the help of a neutral third party, the Mediator. This can enable key decisions arising through the separation process to be agreed upon without the Court having to resolve the dispute.
The main benefit of mediation is that it saves time in comparison with other ways of resolving the issues which are in dispute, thereby making the process less costly. It also enables parties to remain in control of the situation, providing a fair outcome which is in the best interest of the family. Most people will also find mediation to be less stressful than going to Court