Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Family law mediation (a form of ADR) is the process through which a separated couple, with the assistance of an independent and impartial mediator, work together to resolve their parenting and/or property matters with the aim of reaching their own agreement.
The mediator will help you both identify possible solutions and to reach agreement. You do not need to be in the same room to do this. Some parties prefer to be in different rooms or to attend by phone. Mediation is about everyone feeling safe enough to express themselves and feel heard, allowing long-lasting agreements to be made. It is confidential and voluntary so both parties must agree to participate.
Where appropriate, mediation can be a great option for your family law matter. It is a family-focused, collaborative approach to resolving issues that emphasizes solutions and problem-solving over conflict. The mediator will help you find your own solutions so that you do not need a court to make decisions for you.