Family mediation is the introduction of an unbiased, unprejudiced third party into a family conflict situation to help create a climate for positive discussions as the basis for an equitable solution. Emphasis is on guidance towards consensual and voluntary acceptance of responsibilities, and the realization of the mutual long-term interest in the well-being of the children.
Divorce or separation and the settlement of its consequences is often perceived as a battle that has winners and losers. All too often the losers are children.
Family mediators would have training in psychology, family dynamics and legal aspects of family life. They should not be related to either party in the conflict nor have previously acted as their advisors or counsellors.