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Divorce Mediation in Sandton & Rosebank, Johannesburg

Author: Avalene Bateman

Bateman Professional Mediators offer Divorce Mediation in Sandton and Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Divorce mediation offers an alternative to litigation. Mediation is conducted in a safe, unbiased environment where fairness, amicability, and the client’s wellbeing are at the forefront of negotiations. In mediation, the parties are encouraged to reach mutual decisions regarding their divorce proceedings as well as decisions surrounding the children going into the future. Divorce mediation is a suitable choice for couples of any age, religion, culture, gender or demographic.

A litigated divorce can be very costly and emotionally strenuous. Mediation is conducted in a therapeutic environment in which we endeavor to put the individual first and guide the couple through the divorce process in a non-biased way with fairness and amicability in the forefront. Divorce is a very stressful event in anyone’s life and added heightened dispute can cause excess stress on those involved. In the mediation environment, disputes are worked through amicably and each party is given their time to voice their wishes, views, and suggestions, upon which the mediator guides the pair to reach an agreement.

We will draw up a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the divorce proceedings. This will break down all the decisions the clients have come to regarding their separation. We also guide the couple in drawing up a parenting plan that takes the best interests of the children into account.

Parenting plans are constructed in the mediation process to provide parents going through a separation with a structured, functional and sound plan that depicts all decision made by the parents concerning the children. It is therefore encouraged we mediate to a point of a sound agreement by both parties, as both parties will be encouraged to stick to the agreements that are detailed in their subsequent parenting plans. This is important as it helps minimize any undue conflict that may arise and keep a sense of continuity and structure for the children also going through the separation with the parents. In the parenting plan, our main focus will be on the discussion of care, contact, and maintenance of the child/children.

Bateman Macmillan Professional Mediators offer mediation services in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Do you need Professional Mediation services to facilitate your Divorce Process? Contact Bateman Macmillan Professional Mediators today. With years of experience, we can facilitate amicable resolutions to disputes.

THE AUTHOR

Pictured Above: Avalene Bateman

Avalene Bateman is a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience in the field of psychotherapy and mediation. She is registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa and the Board of Healthcare Funders.