Monday, 22 November 2010

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process that only takes place when both parties agree. The
process is confidential and the terms of the discussion are not disclosed to any party
outside of the mediation room.

It is an effective way of resolving disputes. When using a specialist family mediator
it can help parties to reach an outcome they are both ready to accept.

If no agreement is reached the parties are still able to court and the details of what
went on within the mediation room will not be disclosed.

Mediation is not an easy option as on many occasions’ parties may not have
seen each other for some time and it is difficult to discuss complex financial and
emotional issues.

The role of the mediators is to help the parties to reach a solution to their problems
and to arrive at an outcome that both parties are happy to accept.

Mediators are trained, impartial and do not make judgements. They are responsible
for identifying the issues, focussing the parties on future based decisions and for
developing effective communication as well as helping the parties to reach an

Cressida Burnet