Family Mediation is a broad category of mediation that can be very helpful in some of our most intimate conflicts. Since families come in all shapes and sizes, the following descriptions identify the areas that can benefit from mediation.
The most common issues to be mediated are parenting plans (when children are involved), division of marital property and other assets or debts, spousal support and communication issues.
Effective upon marriage, these mediated agreements address rights and obligations under a number of circumstances.
Relationship Reconciliation or Separation Prevention:
Mediation can also help couples preserve their marriage or relationship. This process is distinct from therapy in that its focus is on reaching agreements rather than treating illness.
Blended Family Conflicts:
Many parents and children are able to live happily in blended families through hard work and by understanding and respecting personal differences and family complexity.
Elder Care Issues:
Mediation can assist families in making difficult decisions concerning issues surrounding adult guardianship or care-taking, end of life decisions, or transfer of a business or family assets among others.
Mediators can facilitate communication about difficult subjects and help parents and teens come up with agreements that create trust and respect between them.
Extended Family Conflicts:
Mediation can help heal long standing resentments or rivalries among family members and map out ways to create future collaborative relations.
Mediation is often a valuable tool for gay and lesbian relationships because it allows privacy, creativity and negotiation outside of a legal system that does not recognize their union. When mediation is sought prior to serious commitment, mediators can assist gay couples in creating “living together agreements” that are similar to prenuptial agreements and offer them some of the rights and responsibilities that legally married persons enjoy.