Maintenance again? Do you have to take off from work again? Tired of the stress? Let’s mediate.
The financial suffering of children must be kept to a minimum and both parents should be doing what is best for their children. Parents have a legal and moral obligation to support their children. However, the amount for child maintenance is often the subject of lengthy battles in Court and has a serious impact on the parental relationship.
Parents do however have a choice about how to resolve disputes. They can try to negotiate an agreement, either themselves or with their attorneys’ help. They can ask the Court to decide. Court proceedings are usually expensive, they are highly adversarial, there is usually a winner and a loser and going to court is stressful! Or they can work with a mediator.
Mediation is a respectful process in which a trained neutral third person, assists parents to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. The parents, not the mediator makes the decisions and determine their own future.
A trained mediator can facilitate a settlement process, reduce everyone’s stress level and help to preserve family relationships. Mediation usually resolves disputes faster, is often more cost effective and far less time-consuming. Benefits of mediation include that both parents make joint decisions and settle the matter out of Court. Your mediator will after the settlement is reached submit it to the Court on your behalf, which makes is legally binding and settles the matter. No need to take off from work, no need to be in the same room with the other person or spend money you don’t have on fighting.
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