Gibraltar Mediation Services
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a way of dealing with your legal problems without having to go to court. It gives parties more control over the outcome of their case rather, than having a judge make the final decision.
What is the role of the Mediator?
Mediators are specially trained professionals who guide parties through some of the most important issues of their case. Unlike judges, a mediator’s role is to work closely with parties to help them settle their legal problems.
What are the parties’ responsibilities?
Parties during mediations are expected to:
- Provide clear, accurate and honest information
- Address the root of their issues
- Respect the opinions of others
- Work towards a solution with everyone’s best interest at heart
Why Mediate Rather than Litigate?
- Mediation saves time and money.
- It is extremely confidential and can be used to help restore or maintain relationships.
- Mediation is less formal and more relaxed than court.
- Mediation allows parties to have more control over the outcome of their case.
What kind of cases are suitable for mediation?
All (if not most) disputes can be resolved using mediation except for very serious criminal offences.
- Spousal maintenance
- Child maintenance levels and arrears
- Child contact including school holidays and special occasions
- With whom the children shall live, after separation or divorce
- How soon to introduce new partners to children
- Removing children permanently from Gibraltar
- Any disputes in the workplace