Divorce and Family Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and it uses the assistance of a neutral and impartial mediator to encourage and facilitate parties to resolve a dispute. Unlike the formal and conflict-centered method used in the courts, mediation is informal and non-adversarial. Mediation frequently results in finding a mutually accepted agreement crafted solely by the parties involved. It is a process which emphasizes the participants’ own responsibilities for making decisions that affect their own lives, including the most vulnerable of all, the children. The agreement can be tailored to a couple’s individual needs and concerns. More often than not, the agreement results with the parties being able to resolve their conflicts amicably.
Integrous Resolution Services believes a successful mediation is built on the active principles of:
- Individual ownership of responsibility
- Conceding to personal gains
- Commitment to the best interest approach
A common trait we all share as human beings is that we all want to be heard. We want to know our thoughts and feelings matter and want to express them in a safe and meaningful setting where there is hope of reconciling the conflict. There is hope at the mediation table. Mediators do not and can not guarantee that people will achieve the goals they set forth, but we can promise that we will put forth every effort to create an atmosphere where everyone’s concerns, hopes and goals can be heard, safely discussed, and meaningfully considered. Success is entirely in the hands of the participants. If they want it to work, it will work.