- Discuss and decide which areas are in dispute.
- Explore each party’s needs and interests.
- Expand options and assist them to select the most suitable solution.
- Draw up written agreement in details listing out how they have agreed to solve their disputes.
Our Family Mediators come from various professional backgrounds. They may have qualifications in law, counseling, psychology, social work or social science. They are specially trained and have professional knowledge covering skills in negotiation and dispute resolution. They are also required to follow our Professional Code of Practice.
- Provide legal advice. Parties are encouraged to consult their own lawyers for any legal advice needed.
- Offer counseling or therapy.
- Take sides with either party.
- Make decisions for parties but would help them to assess the feasibility of their suggested decisions.
- You may avoid the tension and conflict in the adversarial litigation system.
- You may save some time and money in not having to contest matters in court.
- You make your own decisions and reach agreements which you and your former partner are more willing and ready to comply with.
- Family Mediation can improve your ability to communicate with your former partner.
- Family Mediation can enhance your continuing relationship as parents and help you work better together as parents in the long-run.
The time needed for mediation depends on the complexity and number of issues that disputed parties need to settle. The degree of cooperation and readiness to participate in the family mediation sessions would also be relevant. If issues are less complicated and the process goes smoothly, it may take as few as 2 to 3 mediation sessions, each lasting for about 2 hours, to reach a mutual agreement.
Family Mediation may not necessarily be suitable in each family dispute. Parties may attend an intake interview in which the mediator will assess whether family mediation is suitable for particular circumstances.