In general, mediation is a process to settle disputes outside of court. For couples who are separating or divorcing because their relationship has irretrievably broken down, mediation is a preparatory step that they can take to make decisions about their children or their property before even going to court. In some cases, when the mediation is successful, separating or divorcing couples avoid having to litigate altogether.
Mediation is compulsory when parties are applying for consent orders or parenting orders from family court. When couples are in the process of separation or divorce and they have minor children, mediation is mandatory. This means that the couple must appear before an authorized mediator and participate in mediation. At the end of the mediation, the authorized mediator will certify that the couple has undergone mediation and that they had reached an agreement. When couples in conflict have not reached an agreement in mediation, … Read More