Resolution trained Family Lawyer Mediators now practising in Ireland
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Couples affected by relationship breakdown will welcome a significant recent development in family law services in Ireland. A number of experienced family lawyers, in association with the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, have been trained specifically as family lawyer mediators by Resolution, the UK Family Lawyers’ Association. This training is recognised by the Mediators Institute of Ireland and was delivered in 2009 to a group of over 30 solicitors and barristers.
Family lawyer mediators offer a mediation service (working as neutral and impartial facilitators), which is uniquely informed by their extensive experience as family lawyers and their understanding of the legal process.
Family lawyer mediation can assist couples to negotiate their own agreement, taking into account the needs and interests of all involved. It can avoid the necessity of litigating the matter through the courts, which can make the process less traumatic and more cost efficient. Generally, the process takes three to six sessions.
Family Lawyer Mediation includes the following:
1. A process which helps couples talk things through when they have decided to separate or divorce;
2. Using experienced family law mediators who understand the law as well as having mediation skills;
3. It reduces tension and hostility and helps couples make informed decisions about their future enabling them to focus on what really matters, which is particularly important where children are involved;
4. Impartial advice helping couples reach practical solutions;
5. Comprehensive and detailed documentation to ensure agreements address all possible issues which can arise in situations of family breakdown;
6. A thorough financial disclosure process;
7. A carefully structured process which offers legal information and provides for input by clients solicitors at appropriate junctures;
8. The process can be flexibly adapted to allow for input by other neutral experts such as child psychologists and accountants, as appropriate; and
9. A cost efficient alternative to traditional family litigation.
The DSBA is confident that the addition of this service has significant potential to improve the prospects of more conciliatory resolution for a greater number of family law clients.