A mediator is a neutral person who assists the partiers to participate in the decision making process to reach their own agreement. He or she is a trained and accredited person who is impartial, meaning they will not express a view about the merits of the matter. Mediators are usually legal practitioners who have undertaken training to conduct mediations and are accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria. In children’s matters, a mediator may be a child psychologist or lawyer.
The mediator facilitates discussions but decides nothing. A dispute will not be settled by the mediator, but by the parties themselves involved if they reach agreement.
Written by Pearsons Family Law.