Family Mediation is a process in which the Family Mediator, upon the charge of fees, assists the parties involved in a family conflict to communicate and reach, on a voluntary and mutually accepted basis, responsible understandings or agreements on contested family issues that fulfils everyone’s interests.

The Family Mediator is an independent and impartial professional, with specific training, accepted by the parties in conflict that has no authority to make binding decisions for them. The Family Mediator is not a therapist, an attorney, a judge or a referee.

Family mediator’s tasks: 

  • to open communication between the parties;
  • to build and establish a respectful and productive working environment;
  • to identify the needs, interests and concerns of the parties;
  • to suggest or implement conflict resolution procedures;
  • to recognise or facilitate the building of mutually accepted agreements.

Family conflicts that can be solved through Family Mediation:

In general, every conflict between family or ex-family members can be solved through Family Mediation. Here are some examples:

  • attribution, exercise, termination or restriction of parental responsibility;
  • divorce and separation;
  • reconciliation of separated spouses;
  • temporary and definitive alimonies;
  • use of the surname of the spouse or ex-spouse;
  • attribution of the family home;
  • property division;
  • conflicts between parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, conflicts between siblings.

How Family Mediation works?

It can be requested at any stage of the conflict but it only takes place with the consent of every party since it is a voluntary process.

It is a process based upon legal principles, such as independence, confidentiality, impartiality neutrality, flexibility. It is requested and conducted on a voluntary basis and it respects the needs and interests of the parties involved, namely the best interest of the child. The legal principles upon which mediation is based are the basis of our work.

The mediation process generally involves a pre-mediation stage, where the Family Mediator obtains information about the conflict from the parties, verifies if it can be submitted to Family Mediation and explains how it works. Then will follow the mediation sessions and possibly an understanding or total or partial agreement about the issues contested between the parties. Since it is an informal and flexible process, the duration of each stage depends on the needs and the interests of the parties.