Conflict is a part of family life. You can’t always avoid it, but you can decide how you are going to deal with it when it does arise. If there is an issue that is causing tension and friction in your family, then mediation might provide a constructive route out. Mediation for families can be useful for repairing damaged relationships and for finding a way forward everyone can live with.
What are the benefits of mediation for families
There are several main benefits of trying mediation for families in conflict:
- It is effective. Around 85% of mediations result in a positive outcome and most people who try are glad they did.
- It’s quick. They can be arranged quickly and are usually completed in one or two sessions.
- It’s long-lasting. People tend to stick to the agreements they make with each other and gain new skills to help them handle future conflicts more successfully.
What issues can be addressed?
There are all sorts of situations that lead to conflict in a family. New or broken relationships, the arrival of children, illness, death and other major changes can all alter the dynamics of a family. Perspectives and behaviours can alter and misunderstandings easily happen when people are under stress. Mediation can be a useful tool to help people reach a better understanding and work out how to go forward. As long as everyone is prepared to give it a try, even if it might be hard, mediation is a good choice.
How do you start the process?
Mediation is a step by step process and it begins with a suggestion. It can come from one of the people in the middle of the conflict or from someone outside of it. If there is some resistance to the idea, we can speak to the parties involved from a neutral standpoint to explain mediation and help them consider their options. As long as there is a will to fix things, you are in an excellent place to get there.
If you are ready to end your family’s conflict, why not talk to us today to see what we can do to help.