A professionally trained mediator with a proven background in family support can help clients make the necessary progress towards resolving disputes through regularly scheduled meetings.
Mediators who hold the French State Diploma of Family Mediation (diplôme d’Etat de médiateur familial, or DEMF), have completed 595 hours of study under law and psychology teachers, and professionals from the family support sector, as well as a long mandatory period of professional experience in one of the above sectors. They are thus well equipped to support families using an integral approach, cooperating with other professionals (such as lawyers, if legal steps are to be taken).
If legal proceedings have already begun, the courts may pause the proceedings and direct clients to a firm of mediators and an initial interview which can mark the beginning of family mediation. In such cases where mediation has been suggested by the judge, we talk about court-ordered mediation. (Clients may then choose to continue mediation beyond this first sessions). In many instances though, mediation begins at the direct request of one of the parties concerned (“voluntary mediation”).
The initial meeting with the mediator, either by phone or face to face, is free of charge. The conversation is confidential. During this first meeting we discuss your situation and the possibility of arranging family mediation. We ask how you hope to improve your current situation, how mediation might help achieve your goal and how to communicate with those who are affected by the dispute and by the mediation.
The mediator can help you contact all those concerned by the mediation
If you think that mediation might help you, we begin the process with a written family mediation agreement signed by both parties and the mediator. This agreement details the ethics and rules of mediation. One such rule is that the presence and commitment of both parties is essential to the family mediation process. (cf. article on Ethics and Rules in Mediation)
Once both parties have agreed to mediation, a timetable will be drawn up. Very quickly, as soon as both parties have agreed to the framework, the mediator will develop a joint plan for family mediation, often within two weeks.
The frequency of meetings will depend on the availability of each party, and greater flexibility is possible in the case of cross-border mediations. Appointments by Skype can be arranged.
The mediation process is always of a limited duration..
Individual information, a confidential exchange and a joint work for the establishment of an agreement between the parties concerned characterize family mediation.
Divorce situation, intergenerational conflict, Franco-German mediation, France
Famille et Médiation
av du Maréchal de Lattre
78230 Le Pecq (Saint Germain-en-Laye)
Tél : 06 40 86 65 57