Mediation is a method of dispute resolution. Mediation can be used to resolve disputes in any domain e.g. family matters (inheritance, separation, divorce), workplace, community, commercial, legal, church, contract, debt and boundary etc. If you decide to use mediation, you will meet with one of our family mediators who are trained in working with difficult situations. The mediator will act as a neutral third party in helping you to resolve disputes, reach agreements and make informed decisions by negotiation and adjudication. It is your decision whether or not you attend the mediation session by yourself or with the other disputant(s). When you schedule your first meeting with one of our mediators we will talk to you about who will be attending the meeting and any concerns you may have.
Mediation gives you Control
Mediation increases the control you have over your resolutions. The mediator will not make any decisions with regard to your issues. Mediation is your process and your outcome.
What is a Mediator?
A family mediator is a third party who assists parents to resolve disputes and reach agreements. At Mediation & Counselling NI skilled mediators are trained in techniques to initiate communication between parents and keep that communication ongoing until both parents agree on decisions and arrangements.
Mediation is Private and Confidential
Mediation is a private and confidential process. The only exceptions to confidentiality involve child abuse or actual or threatened criminal acts.
Mediation helps Find Resolutions Faster
The mediation process aims to resolve your matters as quickly as possible therefore has the potential to take less time than moving a case through legal channels.
Mediation can Reduce your Legal Costs
The mediator will record your decisions in a document called a Memorandum of Understanding. You have a choice to make make this document a legally binding agreement.
Mediation is Voluntary and can lead to Workable Agreements
When you make the decision to use mediation you have already made the first step towards an amicable resolution. Because you are in control of the resolution and have worked together to produce an agreement that all parties are happy with, there is a higher chance that all parties will comply with the agreement. This may further reduce your costs if you don’t have to go to court to get the terms of the agreement enforced.