During the course of mediation at See Change Practice, we are focused on three kinds of responsibilities:
Procedural - We keep track of the process and content of the decision-making, the goals and objectives of the parties, and maintain notes that become the foundation of a written agreement – a Memorandum of Understanding.
Facilitative - We keep the process moving by opening channels of communication and keeping them open. Realising that in these circumstances attitude can be affected by normal emotions such as anger or fear, we help you avoid conversation-stoppers and help you maintain your focus on your interests and options.
Substantive - We can offer information, suggestions and brainstorming ideas, all the time working with you to construct solutions based on your needs. Mediators are professionals, trained to help parties negotiate solutions on all issues arising from separation:
- What will happen to the house?
- Where will everyone live?
- How will the individuals separate their finances and assets?
- How will the children cope?
- When will the children spend time with each parent and how will this affect the wider family circle?
The mediators are impartial and non-judgmental and offer no solutions but instead help the parties themselves to identify solutions that best meet the needs of each person involved. As mediators, we do not give advice, therapy or counseling.