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Family Mediation in Dundee

Traditional legal dispute resolution tends to involve lawyers arguing matters of fact and law before a judge, who will then render their decision based on the quality of argument and evidence presented at court. The reality is that that kind of process is not always well suited to resolving disputes, and can have a negative impact on the parties involved. Increasingly, mediation is becoming a more popular method of dispute resolution. Mediation is a process whereby you and the party you have a dispute with agree to appoint a third party 'mediator' to help you agree an outcome or solution to the problem.

Mediation law and divorce

It is well suited to family situations, such as divorces, as it aims to keep the dispute out of court. This is often less stressful for those involved. Mediation keeps things moving forward on a more positive note and has a great deal of scope for compromise both ways, rather than the more complicated and accusatory nature of court. Furthermore, unlike in court, you will decide what role the mediator is to play in their work with you. Mediation is not designed to be as adversarial as litigation. It is the role of a mediator to facilitate discussion and keep parties moving toward goals and objectives that have already been agreed, not to dictate the substance of discussion. Moreover, you will not be bound to continue with mediation if you believe that it is not making a positive contribution towards your attempts to resolve your dispute. This is part of the attractiveness of mediation, in that you are free to stop the process at any time.

Keeping the dispute of out court can also reduce costs significantly. It also avoids the need to abide by a strict court timetable, or the rigid evidential rules that would otherwise need to be followed in courtroom litigation.

Family Mediation Lawyer Dundee

Although mediation is informal, you should not go into mediation without first consulting a solicitor. They will provide advice about the mediation process, whether or not it is suitable for your dispute and can refer you to a suitable mediator. They will also be there to advise you throughout the process and can draw on years of experience to make sure you get the best possible deal.

Family Law Dundee is a specialist firm of solicitors that advise on Scots family law. Our team are often instructed to assist families that are interested in using mediation to resolve their dispute, but are unfamiliar with how the process works and how it can be used to their benefit.

Call us on 01382 250 361 or contact us online.

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