Mediation Services

As an accredited NABFAM and SAAM mediator I follow the court annex rules with regards to family mediation. As such my role of the mediator is to facilitate negotiation with regards to parenting rights and responsibilities. The mediator is a neutral third party who has no personal interest in the outcome of the mediation.

The aim of the mediation process is to address the needs of the child post-divorce or separation between parents/parties. To this end, a written mediated Parenting Plan Agreement will be presented once both parties are satisfied with the outcome.

At the end of the mediation process the following documentation will be drafted:

  • The Parenting Plan Agreement is the agreement drafted once mutual consensus has been reached during mediation. As well as relevant court documentation in order to be made an order of the Court.
    • The Parenting Plan Agreement addresses all issues pertaining to residence; visitation; holidays; education; medical; third parties; religion, etc
    • Legally required supporting documentation to submit the Parenting Plan Agreement supplied by the mediator.
  • Maintenance calculation and relevant supporting court documentation to submit to the Court.
  • Divorce Memorandum of Understanding which may then be given to an attorney of the couple’s choice to transcribe and to be submitted by the attorney. Alternatively, a Divorce Agreement may be drafted and the couple is guided on how to submit the divorce application themselves.
  • Parenting Calendar indicating shared parental time, including holidays and special dates.

The Mediation Process does not require legal counsel, but parties may consult their legal advisers if they so wish. The mediation process is also not related to therapy. It is for parents who wish to make their own decisions about parenting practices without being instructed or dictated to by an outsider to the relationships with the children. Mediation is also for couples looking to apply for divorce without the cost of legal counsel or the time delays of legal battles.

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Preparation for Mediation of a Parenting Plan Agreement

Parties who have decided to take control of the process will need to follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Client Registration Form (an invoice will be sent for the client registration)
  2. Read and Complete the Agreement to Mediate
  3. Contact me with both forms complete to set date and time convenient for both parties and mediator. Alternatively, you are welcome to request an individual information session before the mediation process begins.
  4. For the first session bring all background information which may be relevant to the mediation or which you feel you would like to discuss in mediation.
    • This may include financials such as expenses and earnings to determine fair maintenance for the child. A list of items to be included in the maintenance calculation is available on request.
    • Any existing maintenance orders in place.
    • Divorce order or court documents with bearing on the case.
    • Reports from counsellors or therapist with regards to the child.
  5. During the first meeting, the mediation process will be further explained. Parties requirements from the mediation will be addressed by setting the agenda and way forward.
  6. A list of possible points of discussion that are required to be discussed in mediation is available on request. It is advisable that both parties make notes based on this list to ensure all aspects are addressed for the children’s wellbeing.

Preparation for Mediation in Divorce

  1. All information required for divorce with children, as per preparation for mediation of a Parenting Plan Agreement.
  2. Complete the Client Registration Form (an invoice will be sent for the client registration)
  3. Read and Complete the Agreement to Mediate
  4. Contact me with both forms complete to set date and time convenient for both parties and mediator. Alternatively, you are welcome to request an individual information session before the mediation process begins.
  5. Request rates for mediation and costs involved, and decide on a percentage split to share costs. It is required that both parties contribute to the mediation process.
  6. Attain a printed copy of your marriage certificate. Original handwritten copies are not accepted.
  7. Attain certified copies of both parties ID documents.
  8. If married with ANC, obtain a certified copy of such.
  9. Make lists:
    • List all property owned by both parties
    • List all assets including cars, holiday homes, boats, etc
    • List all household items from furniture, linen, photos, art, cutlery, etc
    • List all debt from both parties
    • List all investments and policies
  10. The mediation meetings are aimed to be fair and transparent. The more information is provided, the quicker and more cost effective the process.

A Child Cannot Have Too Many People Who Love Them and Want to Help Them Succeed!