The primary purpose of mediation is to focus on the interests of each of the parties. The mediation process can be used to:

  • Clearly define the nature of complaints, disputes and issues
  • Uncover suitable options and ways forward
  • Manage the process, so the conclusion is a win-win
  • Help deliver divorce settlements that are mutually agreeable
  • Ensure all agreements reached are recorded in writing

The mediator has to be a neutral party in the negotiations, using their training and experience to resolve issues relating to the divorce. Specifically, the mediator should:

  • Facilitate discussions between the couple, ensuring both get the same chance to speak during mediation
  • Provide information about relevant aspects of the legal system
  • Suggest different ways in which issues can be solved
  • Get each party to clarify their views so they can be understood
  • Tell each party how their issues may be viewed from a legal standpoint
  • Recommend other experts the couple can consult