3 Ways that mediation can help resolve family disputes

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Mediators are often trained lawyers or attorneys who have experience dealing with a variety of disputes that pertain to families. Mediation or alternative dispute resolution, is a way that both parties can communicate with one another and try to come to an agreement on a solution to the problem that will be beneficial to both parties. Often times, mediators are used when a couple divorces and there are children involved. Sometimes mediators are also used to assisted in helping a family after a death of a loved one. Regardless of your reasons, there are many ways that services such as family mediation Manchester can help remedy a problem that may not otherwise be solvable.


  • Living arrangements. Typically in a divorce situation, living arrangements for children can be a point of contention. Based on precedent as well as many laws that favour mothers, it is not unusual for a father to feel that they are slighted or have less time with their children. If an amicable custody schedule can not be agreed upon by the parents, a mediator can assist and give legal advice and settlement options that could benefit both parties. If there are safety concerns relating to the children’s living arrangements, a mediator can also assist in acting on behalf of the children and sharing what they believe is the best for the children.


Mediators can also assist in finding care for an elder parent if the family members are unable to agree. Mediators will act on what is in the best interest of the elder parent regardless of the family conflict that will occur based on a decision. The goal is to get both parties to understand and agree on reasonable care for the elderly without having to go to court and receive a legal ruling.


  • Financial decisions.  A mediator can help with family conflicts that deal with financial matters. In some instances, there could be a need for one parent to pay more child support than another parent due to their income level. A mediator can assist in making sure that each parent has access to funds that are needed to provide a child with daily necessities such as shelter, food, and clothes.


Mediators can also assist with financial matters in situations where there has been a death in the family and an estate needs to be divided up amongst its members. This is particularly helpful in situations where family members are unable to come to an agreement. The mediator will act as a legal entity and follow what is thought to be what the deceased person wanted regardless of how family members feel about the decision.


  • Reach a solution to the problem. The goal of mediation is to come to an agreement or reach a settlement. It is ideal if this agreement is reached outside of the courtroom, however, this is not always the case. Sometimes the problem will need to be decided upon by a judge and in that case the mediator would present the information from both parties.  



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