What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process whereby with the assistance of a neutral trained Mediator parties in dispute find a resolution which is appropriate for their particular circumstances rather than have a third party impose a solution.
Mediation is a world wide tried and tested method of resolving disputes and differences effectively, speedily and at much less cost than the alternatives while reducing acrimony and maintaining communication between the parties to the dispute.
Mediation may be used in all types of disputes or differences not just those which could be the subject of legal proceedings eg many long running family divisions arise due to differences in respect of care for elderly relatives and these problems may lead to disputed Wills and claims and dividing brother, sister and cousins down the generations. The involvement of a skilled Mediator at an early stage will help to preserve relationships and enable family members to reach their own resolution.
Mediation may be used in all types of family issues including those involving separating couples and matters relevant to children including their schooling, medical matters,contact and residence.
Debt, business disputes and differences with public authorities are with the consent of both parties all suitable for Mediation.
In an age when we all increasingly use search engines to arm ourselves with information which in the past could have been obtained only from experts or professionals taking control of our own issues with the help of a skilled Mediator is the way forward.