Generally there are two stages to the Mediation process:
The first stage is Intake;
This is a one on one appointment with the Mediator, both parties attend an individual Intake appointment to assist the Mediator to make an assessment of suitability for mediation, to have an understanding of the previous and current relationships between all significant parties and to assist the clients in preparing for mediation.
The second stage is Mediation;
There are several ways this can be conducted, some of these include:
- Joint mediation where the parties and the Mediator are all in the same room.
- Shuttle mediation, where the Parties are in separate rooms and the Mediator goes between the rooms facilitating the discussion and negotiations.
- Legally assisted mediation, where the clients Lawyer’s attend the mediation and assist their clients by providing in the moment advice regarding their situation and the negotiations.
There is also the option of telephone and online mediation in all of the above forms.
In certain circumstances Child Informed Mediation may also be an option. This is a process whereby the children speak to a qualified Child Consultant and the Child Consultant attends the mediation on the children’s behalf and assists the parents to consider their children’s views when negotiating.