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Separation and divorce is one of the most stressful problems that partners may experience, especially when it involves their children. This difficult situation may cause both partners to experience a mix of emotions such as grief, pain, sense of loss, failure and anger. While court rooms prolong such situations, family law mediation services can help in reducing its duration as well as costs involved.
A family Dispute Resolution (FDR) service is included in the Family Law Act. This mediation service involves conciliation and mediation to help the people involved in the divorce and separation in sorting out disputes. People affected may have reached the point where they can’t agree on some issues that concern children, money or property. FDR helps in sorting these issues out without the need of taking the case to court. This is the best way to resolve differences while saving money, time and sparing yourself from stress.

The fundamental process of formal family mediation service includes 6 steps: (1) Introductory Remarks, (2) Statement of the Problem by Parties, (3) Information Gathering, (4) Identification of Problems, (5) Bargaining and Generating Options, and (6) Reaching an Agreement. Each step is briefly explained below to give you more understanding how mediation service works to resolve family disputes.

(1) Introductory Remarks
During the introductory remarks, the mediator will wait for both parties to state and present their introductions. The setting is controlled to spare parties from feeling threatened. Most mediators ask children to wait outside (if they are present). He/she will then give his/her opening statement, which demonstrates his/her neutrality as well as outlines the participants’ roles.
Some mediators tend to make comments about how they see the issue and later confirm case data (if briefs were pre-submitted). Then, he/she will set the time frame and define the protocol for the mediation process. Review of mediation guidelines should be done and the mediator will do a recap on what he/she has known about the issue.
Opening statement sets ground rules for the process. Such ground rules help the smooth flow of the mediation. Mediators usually ask if there are lawyers present but clients are allowed to speak for themselves.

(2) Statement of the Problem by Parties
Statement of the problem comes right after the opening statement. Whereas, mediator gives each side the chance to tell their stories without interruption. The one who requested the mediation service usually goes first. This is the way to solve the problem from initial statements from both parties.

(3) Information Gathering
Here, the mediator asks parties using open-ended questions to obtain emotional undercurrents. They tend to repeat key ideas and summarize them. This step helps the mediator to build rapport with parties, especially if a facilitative style is being used.

(4) Problem Identification
The mediator finds the common goals of both parties and figure out issues that are needed to be settled and which comes first.

(5) Bargaining and Generating Options
Some methods to develop options can be discussion groups, group processes or sub groups. These will develop plausible and hypothetical scenarios or mediator proposal where mediators put proposal and parties will take their turn of modifying it.

(6) Reaching an Agreement
When participants have already committed and achieved a negotiated settlement, it’s time for the mediator to propose brainstorming sessions to find potential solutions. This leads to the final agreement that diffuses conflict and provides new basis for any future relations.