Mediate in Torbay
Many couples now consider mediation to negotiate the terms of their separation and resolve their problems. The mediator promotes understanding and communication to help the parties reach a mutual agreement. Divorce mediation aims to reduce post-dissolution controversy and hostility, avoid the trauma and cost associated with litigation, and create a legally sound, mutually acceptable, and fair divorce agreement.
How Mediation Helps
An impartial mediator facilitates discussion between the parties involved to promote settlement, reconciliation, and understanding. Mediation is suited to family law proceedings and divorces because there might be a continuing relationship between the couple, particularly if they have children. It allows divorcing couples to avoid the emotional and financial cost of a litigated divorce. The settlement is usually achieved faster, helping both parties save a lot of time and money.
Couples can also protect the confidentiality and avoid stressful conflict and trial. Mediation Torbay may help protect the kids from pain and troubles of parental conflict. Both parties work to reach a mutual agreement, so those who go through mediation often experience greater satisfaction and value than those who don’t. They also learn valuable skills to help them resolve issues or conflicts in the future.
Divorce mediation, however, is not for everyone. It’s not effective when one party refuses to mediate in good faith or can’t express opinions completely and without fear. When this happens, the mediator can tell the parties about the other options they have. We offer unbiased mediation services in Torbay, Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham.
Divorce Mediation Process
Divorcing couples who decide to mediate have to find a mediator. For court-ordered mediation, the court may assign a mediator or allow the couple to choose a qualified mediator. The costs charged vary from case to case and from one mediator to another. Mediators may charge fees on an hourly basis, half-day or by the day.
Mediators don’t determine who is wrong or right. They help the couple find a solution on their own. The couple should find a mediator with knowledge of family law as well as mediation experience and training. They also need to consider the mediation philosophy and style of the mediator. Mediation often starts with the general caucus, where the mediator and parties meet in the same room. In mediations ordered by the court, the court order will refer to or contain the rules of mediation. The requirement for confidentiality is one of the most significant mediation rules.
All matters occurring or disclosed during mediation are confidential and may not be revealed to anyone unless the couple agrees to disclose it. State law may also require the mediator to maintain confidentiality. The mediator explains how the mediation process is done after all the required mediation agreements are signed. The couple or their representatives may clarify perceptions or identify issues. A lot of mediators encourage the couple to start a conversation during the mediation session.
If the couple is overly emotional or hostile, the mediator will talk to them in private caucuses, a conference between one party and the mediator without the presence of the other party. The mediator passes demands and offers between the couple. If the parties have not reached a mutual agreement or settled, the mediator will encourage them to attend another session. If they reach an agreement, the mediator will encourage them to sign a written settlement.