Family disputes, money problems, and children custody arguments – most of the time, these post-relationship issues are the hardest to solve. However, if both parties are trying to avoid costly legal negotiations, these can also be the easiest ones to address. 
 
If you and your ex sincerely want to sort the differences and get the hassles over with, you might want to consider to go for mediation. 
 
What is Mediation? 
 
While relationship counselling has the inherent end goal to rekindle the problem-laden marriage or relationship, a mediation solely deals with discussions on matters regarding separation. Mediation addresses particular problems that need to be settled between you and your ex, despite your poor and lacking communication. With a mediator to assist, it is a shared process wherein the both of you can freely and sincerely talk over decisions on expected events after you part ways. 
What Can I Expect from Mediation? 
 
Mediation is not just an overnight session. You can expect a series of discussions, usually ranging for 3-4, depending on the necessitated duration of what needs to be settled. What you share with the mediator will of course, be filed as confidential. It’s not considered as free counselling, so be ready to shelf out money for fees (which are still objectively cheaper than going to court). 
 
What Can I Get from Mediation? 
 
Aside from equitable settlements and impartial resolutions with your ex, your mediator will furnish the both of you with a memorandum of understanding. This document officially elucidates your reconciliation and the solutions you arrived at, all in detail. 
 
In case mediation fails, you and your partner may still opt for a collaborative law session, or family arbitration. However, these undertakings must be done with consent and willingness from both parties. 
 
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