From deciding upon legal and financial arrangements to taking care of the children, going through a relationship separation is a difficult and complex experience for those involved. Many people may find external help to be highly useful during this time.
Post-separation mediation can be thought of as a kind of formal discussion in which each party can voice their concerns in the presence of a neutral third-party. With over 85% of mediation sessions ending in an agreed settlement, it is no doubt a highly effective method of dispute resolution.
Why choose mediation?
When separated couples decide that they want assistance to help them throughout the separation process, court may be one of the first things that come to mind. However, in many cases, court may not be the best option. Court trials can be time-consuming, expensive and emotionally stressful, meaning they are generally best left as a last resort.
Post-separation mediation offers a faster and cheaper alternative to going to court, helping separated couples come up with creative solutions in order to reach a mutual agreement. Mediation is confidential, which means that anything discussed in a session cannot be used in court later on.
Issues that can be addressed
There are many issues that a separated couple may want to bring up in mediation. Some of the most common issues that come up in mediation are:
Child support & spousal maintenance
Financial concerns can spark frustration and dissent amongst separated couples. Mediation assists in de-escalating the dispute and helps keeps the focus on finding the fairest outcome. It also helps each party focus on fulfilling the financial needs of their children in the most optimal way.
For those with children, one of the most common issues that arises following a separation is determining child custody arrangements and parenting time. Mediation can help parents work towards decisions that are in the best interest of their children and avoid strong emotions getting in the way of this.
Property settlements & property disputes
Determining the provision of assets is one of the most challenging aspects of a separation, especially if the couple had a high net-worth. Concern around future financial stability and the loss of emotionally important belongings can make this a stressful experience. However, mediation is great at helping separated couples come to a compromise and divide their assets in the fairest way possible.