If you and your partner have decided to separate, you may find it difficult to come to an agreement about various practical and financial matters. Mediation is designed to facilitate constructive discussions and to help you to come to an agreement. Mediation is not a court process and can be a cost-effective way to resolve family law matters efficiently and with minimal disruption to your life. As part of the mediation process, you can come to an agreement about child matters, finances, how you will live apart and more. Head of our Family Law Department, family lawyer Etain Boyce has a significant amount of experience helping clients with family law matters
To discuss how our family mediation lawyers might be able to assist you, get in touch with our team today by calling 0749890190 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away.
What is Mediation?
It is important to understand that mediation is not marriage counselling, it is designed to help you reach decisions and negotiate the terms of your separation. During the meditation process, a trained mediator will facilitate discussions allowing all parties to be heard and addressing everyone’s interests and needs.
Mediation allows you to come to your own arrangements with your ex partner, rather than going to court and having a judge make them on your behalf. The process is also cheaper and quicker than going to court, making it a popular option for many couples.
Who can benefit from mediation?
Mediation can be used by divorcing or separating couples, but may also be used by parents who have a child together or non-married couples. You can also use mediation to simply settle disputes between family members.
Why Use Mediation?
Family relationship breakdown can be a very emotional time, which can make it difficult to see the future clearly and make practical decisions. Mediation encourages cooperation and can help people reach agreeable arrangements for:
- Financial arrangements including maintenance
- Child parenting matters including education, childcare, child access and child custody
- The family home and any other property or assets
- Any other matters related to divorce or separation
How Does Mediation Work?
In order for mediation to be effective, both parties must be willing to fully participate in the process. The role of the mediator is to create an environment where both parties are able to discuss their issues and concerns freely, as well as helping couples to deal with emotional issues which may be preventing them from reaching a practical agreement.
There is a specific structure to mediation, but the issues discussed will depend on the needs of the couple.
Contact our Mediation Lawyers in Carrigart and Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
We can provide the assistance of a specialist mediator to help you with your divorce, separation or other family matters. Based in Carrigart, our family lawyers help clients across Donegal, including Letterkenny, Ballybofey, Stranorlar, Buncrana, Donegal Town, Carndonagh, Dungloe, Gweedore and Killybegs.
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