Mediation is a dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All parties in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process with the aim of a constructive outcome.
Facilitators and parenting co-ordinators (PC) are usually appointed in terms of a Court Order and are mandated to resolve disputes arising from post-divorce/separation. Facilitators are authorised to issue directives that are binding on both parents. Their directives can only be varied by a Court or competent jurisdiction .or by agreement between the parents. The dispute issues usually include contact and holiday arrangements, choice of schooling and some court orders mandate maintenance disputes as well.
Mediation involves families in conflict working out arrangements for themselves and their children with the help of neutral and a skilled mediator. The aim of mediation is to reach an agreement which is mutually acceptable to the parties within the broad range of that which a court would be likely to approve.
Mimi Karstel is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioner and an accredited facilitator and mediator of Famac which is affiliated with NABFAM. She has furthermore obtained her certificate with honours in mediation at the London School of Mediation which she combines with her BA.Diff pastoral therapy (USA) to conduct mediation and facilitation to secure the best interest of the child and the reconstruction of the new family.