The following case studies give brief examples of the kinds of personal situations people are in when they seek a solution through mediation. Mediation can provide practical help in resolving some or all of the issues and problems which result when couples separate – arrangements for children, finances, the home and possessions.
Many services provide the facility for children to be included in the mediation process. Research indicates that at the time of separation children feel as though they no longer have a voice in the future structure of their family. They have anxieties about how the new arrangements are going to work and how it will impact upon their lives in terms of maintaining friendships, schooling, relationships with extended family group members, etc.
Family mediation helps those involved in family breakdown to communicate better with one another and reach their own decisions about all or some of the issues arising from separation or divorce; - children, contact, residence,property and finance.