Mediation is a method for resolving disputes which is wholly endorsed by the family justice system and family law practitioners.
Family mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (see Other Alternative Dispute Resolution). It is a voluntary process designed to resolve disputes between separating couples and other parties away from the family court. Parties meet with a mediator, who is a neutral person, to discuss the issues and their respective aims and attempt to find a resolution.
Many separating couples can work together and reach an agreement regarding the future of their children and their finances without adversarial proceedings. Family mediation affords couples a safe space and constructive forum to work together, resolve issues and reach an agreement for the benefit of all concerned.
Family mediation encourages clear and respectful dialogue and allows clients to be creative and forward-thinking about the future of their family, where practicable. The mediation process does not involve the court, but the mediator will always use the law as the yardstick to measure what is achievable within the mediation process.
There can be many advantages to engaging in mediation before embarking on any family court process. Mediation enables parties to maintain control of their lives and the process. It can diminish anguish and acrimony and be conducted swiftly and cost-effectively. The mediation process is also confidential; this makes it an ideal forum for
those seeking privacy and discretion in any family law dispute.
Priya Palanivel is a family law specialist and qualified mediator. She encourages and assists clients to discuss matters and navigate their family’s
Priya’s mediation practice covers matrimonial and non-matrimonial financial matters and arrangements for children. She has experience mediating in both domestic and international cross-border disputes. She has also undertaken mediation for clients involved in court proceedings and has engaged in
mediation alongside the litigation at the behest of the court.
As an experienced family lawyer and mediator, Priya is committed to facilitating the mediation process to ensure it works for all clients and their families. She will ensure that the mediating clients who go through the process feel in control and empowered to make joint decisions for the benefit of their family, irrespective of the situation and how difficult this might be. Priya will handle the issues at hand with sensitivity, compassion and neutrality in order for the mediation to be conducted in a safe space encouraging positive dialogue, keeping the process open, transparent and child-focussed where necessary. Priya can conduct the sessions face to face, shuttle or remote.
Please click here for examples of mediation conducted by Priya.
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