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What is Family Mediation?

Family Mediation applies the basic principles of mediation to the resolution of issues that arise in families.

Family Mediation is neutral:

In mediation, a neutral participant assists the disputing parties resolve their disagreement by facilitating their discussions and guiding them to appropriate resources and advisors.

Family Mediation is transformative:

Using family mediation services can result in sound decision-making, reconciliation of divergent views,clearing the air, lessening resentment, greater understanding, improved communication, and transformation of relationships.

Family Mediation reduces pain:

Family law mediation services also benefit clients by avoiding costly and hurtful litigation.

How does it work?

Family Mediation is a facilitated process of family dispute resolution. A family law mediator promotes discussion and negotiation that allows the participants involved in a conflict or a dispute the opportunity to exchange divergent views, ask questions, discuss difficult topics and find solutions. A family mediator is a neutral third party who assists the participants to explore and find mutually acceptable solutions.

Family mediation generally entails a series of meetings with the clients and the mediator that promote effective communication and decision making about the issues that need to be addressed. Family mediators are neutral, trained individuals who help family members facilitate useful discussion and guides the members through considering possible solutions and options to address various problems through brainstorming, experience, and attentive listening by the mediator. Realistic solutions are proposed and considered. The clients have control over the process.

What generally results is the creation of a sound, mutually acceptable agreement to address the parties’ particular circumstances.

What isn't Family Mediation?

Family law mediation is not psychotherapy, marital counseling, or legal representation. Mediators with backgrounds in law or mental health (or other areas) do not represent or counsel mediation clients during the family mediation process, but rather serve as neutral facilitators of the decision-making process.

Many of MCFM’s members are engaged in divorce mediation services. Massachusetts divorce mediation is a growing field and MCFM is the oldest professional organization for Massachusetts divorce mediators and family law mediation.

If you have more questions about familly mediation, download our answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

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