Family mediation is a nonadversarial process through which couples can negotiate the terms of their divorce or separation.

Once couples have made the decision to separate there are a number of practical steps that have to be taken. This will include arrangements for the children, the division of your assets including the family home and your finances. Family Mediation focuses on arrangements for the future and with the help of a mediator can help you to identify all the issues that need to be covered in a separation agreement.

The important aspects of family mediation are that:

It is non-adversarial. You are partners in decision making.

It helps clarify areas of conflict. Most couples have some conflict.The mediator helps you limit the conflict and discuss things productively.

It is mutual. You must both agree on solutions, or their is no agreement.

It gives you power. You control your own decisions over your own lives.

It is best for your children. All of the decisions are tempered by the fact that you are both parents of your children and you will have a continuing relationship as parents after you have ended the spouse relationship.

It is future focused. Mediation does not dwell on past events. Mediators act impartially, which means they are not on anyone's side. They work to support both parties, to enable an outcome that will be in the interests of all.

Family mediation is not a legal service. At the end of mediation you will receive a memorandum of understanding detailing the agreements you have made, and an open summary of financial information. These documents can then be reveiwed by a lawyer and incorporated into formal legal documents. Family mediation is a cost effective approach that can save you money and eliminates the painful win-lose atmosphere of divorce and separartion.