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In the middle of difficulties lies opportunity
– Albert Einstein

It is a known fact that Divorce is one of the most traumatic events a person or family can go through in their lives.

The process of Family and Divorce mediation attempts to optimally support families during this process.

 

When parents or couples do decide to get a divorce it is important to ensure that this already traumatic and emotional ladened life event is not further exacerbated by more negativity and trauma.

In some cases, the litigation process can causes more emotional distress, is expensive, and can also take a very long time to get finalised.

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Mediation attempts to limit emotional damage is a cost-effective process and can be finalised in a shorter period.

Additionally, the mediation process is, therefore, more child-focused, because it makes more time to focus on age-appropriate ways to support the children during and after the divorce through assisting the parents with co-parenting solutions.

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FAQ about Divorce Mediation

What is Mediation

Divorce mediation is about you and your’re soon to be ex-spouse deciding your divorce and what is best for both of you and most importantly, your children.

In mediation, you and your spouse meet with a neutral third party, the mediator, and with their help, you work through the issues you need to resolve so the two of you can end your marriage as amicably and cost-effective, and quick as possible.

Additionally, it gives you and your spouse a way to settle the conflict between you in a way that helps you to work together as parents.

This is extremely important if you have children and must interact with your ex-spouse after you are divorced. Mediation has the ability to assist the couple to learn to communicate again, if only for the sake of the children, and make their post-divorce relationship better than their married one – therefore to co-parent effectively after the divorce.

Advantages of Mediation
  • Mediation is a voluntary process, either party can leave the negotiation at any time
  • The mediator is a Neutral and impartial party residing over the process
  • A confidential process where respect is at the center of negotiations
  • Mediation is without prejudice – information discussed during negotiations cannot be used in court
  • The mediator does not give legal advice, only legal information for the party to use to make their own decisions regarding their future.

When is a good time for Mediation

  • In cases where big decisions are required in a relatively short period of time
  • When parties need to have a relationship in the future – such as co-parenting
  • Situations where children are involved
  • When people have difficulty settling differences between themselves – such as adolescents and parents

Divorce Mediation can be completed during any of these time intervals:

PRE-DIVORCE: When you start considering a divorce/ separation and want to find a workable plan for the sake of your children before you separate.

DURING DIVORCE: When you are in the process of finalising your divorce and want to agree on the way forward after the divorce, especially regarding practical aspects related to your children, such as contact schedules, etc.  

POST DIVORCE. When you are already divorced but there are still pressing issues to address regarding living arrangement, maintenance, contact, etc. even after a divorce settlement has been finalised.

How does the Mediation Process work?

The length of mediation depends on what issues have been agreed to before mediation and those issues that need to be addressed during mediation. On average divorce mediation can be completed in 4-10 sessions.

  • The process starts with individual sessions with each party (60-90 minutes)
  • Thereafter an agenda for the mediation process is compiled.
  • Joint mediation sessions will continue thereafter where the most pressing issues will be addressed first (90-120 minutes)
  • Parenting plans, Memorandum of Understanding, and voice of the child interviews will be discussed as part of the need of the parties.
  • Each mediation process is tailored and set up for the needs of the parties.
WHY MEDIATE – NOT LITIGATE

Mediation is a quick and less traumatic process and at least 70% less expensive than litigation.

MEDIATION

  • Maintain dignity
  • You are in charge of your own life
  • Focus on cooperation
  • Cost effective
  • Child focussed
  • You are in control of your future

LITIGATION

  • Expensive process – unforsen costs
  • Children in the middle
  • The judge decides your future
  • Information is public record
  • Court decides details
  • Work through lawyers
  • Emotional distress
  • Time consuming (can take 2 – 3 years)

Coming together is a beginning
Staying together is progress,
And working together is success

Henry Ford

IN DIVORCE MEDIATION

Services offered?

  • Division of Assets
  • Maintenance-related mediation
  • Setting up of detailed and child-focused parenting plans
  • Assisting parents with co-parenting strategies
  • Mediating age-appropriate contact schedules
  • Setting up a Memorandum of Understanding
  • Voice of the child interview
  • Family mediation with adolescents and their parents

Contact Us

Please send me an e-mail with a summarised description of your situation and I will confirm if I will be able to assist and if your situation is suitable for mediation.

Please send all mediation related inquiries to info@indivorcemediation.co.za

If you have been referred by another psychologist, social worker, lawyer, or any other party specifically for mediation please make an appointment directly by phoning the InPsyght therapy center at 011 660 7847 or myself on 084 603 1184/ inge@indivorcemediation.co.za

289 Jorrisen Street,
Corner Sarel Oosthuizen Street,
Monument, Krugersdorp.

C: 084 603 1184

T: 011 660 7847