As an accredited NABFAM and SAAM mediator I follow the
court annex rules with regards to family mediation. As
such my role of mediator is to facilitate negotiation
with regards to parenting rights and responsibilities.
The mediator is a neutral third party
who has no personal interest in the outcome of the mediation.
The aim of the mediation process is to address the needs of the child post-divorce or separation between parents / parties. To this end a written mediated Parenting Plan Agreement will be presented once both parties are satisfied with the outcome.
Mediation is a voluntary process unless ordered by the Court. Any of the parties can stop the process at any time, unless ordered by Court in which case there may be cost implications for unreasonable refusal to proceed with the mediation session, as mediation is in the best interest of the child.
Confidentiality is respected and anything discussed during the mediation process is without prejudice. Parties may not use information obtain from mediation against the other party in court. Information from the mediation sessions may not be shared unless written permission from the parties is obtained. Mediators are however ethically bound to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect, threats of harm, or criminal acts by the parties.
At the end of the mediation process the following documentation will be drafted:
- 1. The Parenting Plan Agreement is the
agreement drafted once mutual consensus has been reached
during mediation. As well as relevant court documentation
in order to be made an order of the Court.
- a. The Parenting Plan Agreement addresses all issues pertaining to residence; visitation; holidays; education; medical; third parties; religion, etc.
- 2. Maintenance calculation and relevant
supporting court documentation to submit to the Court.
- 3. Parenting Calendar indicating shared
parental time, including holidays and special dates.
- 4. Restoration Justice Mediation. Available for restorative justice mediation. A simple defintion of this process can be found on wikipedia...
The Mediation Process does not require legal counsel, but parties may consult their legal advisers if they so wish. The mediation process is also not related to therapy. It is for parents who wish to make their own decisions about parenting practices without being instructed or dictated to by an outsider to the relationships with the children.