When you choose mediation, you’re choosing a process that values getting results rather than winning a competition.
The Australian legal process is based upon the adversarial model. This process pits people and their lawyers against each other to determine a conclusion. While this serves our community well in some scenarios it isn’t a great way to determine an outcome of a divorce.
Often your split is amicable, and a legal battle isn’t appropriate to your situation. Even when not amicable, a relationship break-up rarely benefits from the adversarial legal processes pushing you against each other.
Family mediation is a process that brings both parties together with a licensed mediator. Together you reach an agreement that is acceptable for all parties.
The mediator guides you through the process and helps you to find agreement.
With mediation, there is much more room for compromise than with a legal fight. The legal system is very expensive and mediation is by comparison very affordable. When legal costs aren’t piling up, taking part of your shared wealth, then you have room to give a little so that both come out ahead.