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Mediation matters in family disputes

Carla Ditz looks at the current perceptions of mediation and why it remains largely unrecognised and perhaps underappreciated by couples as a means to resolve disputes

16 February 2016

On 11 January 2016, the Family Mediators Association (FMA) marked the start of Family Mediation Week. The drive behind this event was to inform, connect people, and highlight the benefits of mediation in family disputes.

The reality is that many couples experiencing family breakdown or disputes in relation to children believe that acrimonious court battles are the norm. Unless the parties are advised by solicitors or undertake their own research, they are unlikely to consider mediation as a means to resolve matters. 

Together with the Ministry of Justice and other professionals and organisations, the FMA is seeking to change this, raising awareness and connecting individuals with those who ?can help.

Five themes were identified and promoted during Family Mediation Week: 

  • Resolving conflict;

  • Financial sense;

  • Parenting together;

  • Children’s voices; a...

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