November 20, 2021
What is Family Mediation?

The whole purpose of the family mediation is to have a completely neutral, third party, that can be helpful in basically increasing communication which previously may not have been there, and hopefully working towards a resolution of the problems that are still on the table in a manner that is agreeable to all.


What is Family Mediation?

I was recently asked to explain what family mediation is. To put it simply, it involves a neutral third party to help resolve disputes and facilitate communication. 
 
Imagine if you were trying to have a conversation with your soon-to-be ex-spouse and your mother-in-law was there, throwing you under the bus and telling you it's all your fault. That would NOT be a neutral third party. The whole purpose of mediation is to have someone who is completely neutral and outside of the situation to help increase communication and hopefully work towards a resolution that is agreeable to all parties involved.

This episode will cover the following:
1. What is family mediation?
2. What is a neutral third party?
3. What is the purpose of family mediation?

Transcript

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What is family mediation? Well, at the most basic level I can describe it, it would be involving a neutral third party with the purpose of helping to resolve conflict disputes and facilitating communication with this purpose in mind. And so that is really general and pretty vague and everything. But basically, imagine if you tried to have your mother in law mediate navigate in, referee an argument that you're having with your soon to be ex spouse, all right, throwing you under the bus, railroading you, telling you it's all your fault and that you need to give everything to this person, even if it's completely unfair. So that is not a neutral third party at all.

That would be the complete and polar opposite. So the whole purpose of the only mediation is to have that completely neutral, completely third party that's just outside, that can be helpful in basically increasing communication which previously may not have been there, and hopefully working towards a resolution of the problems that are still on the table in a manner that is agreeable to all people involved in that mediation. So that's what feeling mediation is in my mother in law example, is what feeling mediation is not okay. And why family mediators probably exist in the first place, because they need someone who is neutral, who's a third party, who's outside, who can come inside and situation and help people work it out, hopefully. Alright, so that's what family mediation is.

Hope this video was helpful.