The purpose of mediation is to assist couples who are separating to reach amicable and practical solutions regarding their finances and arrangements for children which work for their family. Whilst mediation is not about counselling and it is not legal representation, it provides couples with the opportunity to discuss issues which arise from their separation so that joint decisions can be made without the intervention of the court. The mediator is a neutral individual, independent from both parties. Their role is to encourage effective communication and explore the options available to resolve matters which are in dispute.
The mediation process engages couples in positive and open discussions which can result in agreements being reached in relation to divorce or separation, financial settlements and care of any children. Reaching your own decisions about how to deal with such issues can often be quicker and cheaper and result in better communication in the future.