An Introduction to Family Law Mediation

One may ask, how do I handle some family issues? What help can I get, and how do I go about some important decisions? The answer is not far-fetched, as family law mediation may be the solution you need. This content focuses on this process and how a result is achieved.

Processes of family law mediation

The Early Stage

The early stage of family law mediation begins with the mediator inviting one person to the session. The mediator, who is a professional practitioner, can add that if the invited person is not present at the session, the practitioner can issue a certificate to make an application to the family court.

It is essential for the practitioner to be sure that family law mediation is the best solution for the family’s problem. Most times, the severity of sensitivity of the issue are essential determiners to show that things would work out or otherwise. From family violence, equality or bargaining of power, psychological or emotional health of parties, and risks to children, the practitioner must be sure he is providing a tangible solution.

If the situation is suitable, the practitioner can go ahead to explain the process and its role in it. Also, both parties should understand their parts to play and get ready for the possible outcome once the process is complete.

While the family law mediation is on or the mid-stage

Family law mediation

At this stage, the practitioner helps to notice the issue at hand that needs a solution. It is important that each party allows the next person to talk and hear their view. Also, the practitioner must ensure that the focus is sharp and everyone is on track at every time.

Family law mediation could be more emotional than expected. In as much as these emotions are valid, ideas and suggestions are provided for the children’s best interest and to present a workable solution.

Sometimes, having the two parties in the same room may delay a solution and lead to more going back and forth. The practitioner can talk individually with people and help to discuss negotiations. This process is called shuttle mediation. The practitioner can then develop a parenting arrangement for the children. Also, both parties must be prepared and agree to the new plan that has been made.

After family law mediation  

The final stage of family law mediation is as important as the entire process. After an agreement has been reached, the practitioner can record it as the parenting plan. Of course, both parents should append their signatures to show that there is a uniform agreement. The date of the agreements also should be included.

There can be the inclusion of mechanisms that support a change of arrangements. There should always be room for renegotiations due to unforeseen circumstances.


Family law mediation is only successful because two parties have agreed to make it work. It does not matter how good the practitioner is; the process will only be effective because both parents have decided to make it work.