Family Mediation


If you are looking to mediate a family dispute, search the FMC Register for a family mediator who practises near you. Family mediation sessions are held in private, confidential rooms and are generally attended by the parties involved in the dispute with their respective lawyers. Depending on the issues, family mediations can be resolved in one session or may take several sessions over a time period determined by the participants.

Family mediation can be helpful to resolve custody and visitation disputes, financial issues, property division, parenting arrangements, and other legal concerns. The process is often less expensive than litigation and can result in a more personalised resolution to your family’s needs. The process is also quicker, more flexible and can help preserve relationships that might otherwise have been damaged in court proceedings.

During family mediation, the mediator will assist you and the other party in exploring all the possibilities for the resolution of your dispute and will endeavour to address any non-legal issues that are influencing the situation (eg behavioural issues or communication problems). Unlike a court case, no decisions will be made for you by the mediator. If an agreement is reached, the mediator will draw up a memorandum of understanding which will be signed by both parties and their lawyers.

Remember, however, that family conflict is difficult and emotions often get in the way of a clear and clean resolution. Try to remain calm and focus on listening to others, with empathy rather than judging. If you can understand that your relative is struggling and that their past experiences are affecting their behaviour, they might be more willing to compromise with you.