Mediation is often used to deal with conflicts in family law. It avoids what are often lengthy and costly legal proceedings. Mediation is often used in divorces or for cohabitants who are separating. But it is also gaining ground in succession issues. Mediation is advisable primarily in cases where a relationship or marriage is ending and children are involved.
Mediation is a good option if the parties can still get on with each other to some extent. Most of our lawyers are mediators and all of them are members of the Dutch Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS). The mediator plays an impartial and independent role and is there for both parties. A mediation is characterised by openness regarding financial matters, it is discreet and confidential and offers sufficient scope for emotional outlet. Where necessary, other experts such as a coach or a special education specialist can also be appointed. Financial specialists, such as tax specialists or accountants, are also regularly engaged.