What is mediation and how does it work?

Mediation has become increasingly popular as an alternative means of resolving both family and commercial disputes. Litigating in a court of law is a lengthy process which has out priced itself and is unaffordable for the majority of South Africans. It is typically defined as a process in which parties are assisted by a neutral third party to explore possibilities of resolving issues between themselves by mutual agreement without adjudication.

Despite a number of advantages associated with mediation there are instances where mediation will not necessarily be an appropriate tool for resolving family law disputes. These scenarios would typically be when there are allegations of noisy neighbor Singapore, a history of domestic violence, one party is intimated by threats from the other.