Amani Mediation helps couples going through a separation or divorce to agree on parenting plans, maintenance contributions and division of assets.
Our mediation services reduce the cost, duration and emotional turmoil of a litigated separation or divorce.
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Separation and divorce are among the most distressing and disruptive events that individuals and families can go through. Making decisions and reaching agreements on sensitive issues such as parenting plans, maintenance and division of assets is very difficult in these circumstances. Objectivity and problem-solving are often dominated by emotion and as a result, couples resort to litigation. Litigation is expensive, emotionally draining, time consuming and may have a long-lasting negative impact on relationships. Divorce mediation is an excellent alternative to litigation.
Divorce mediation is an alternative form of dispute resolution. It empowers couples to co-create their own futures. Using divorce mediation rather than litigation to solve disagreements reduces emotional turmoil, the negative impact on children, improves the chances of successful co-parenting and saves huge amounts of time and money.
Research backs mediation
Judicial stamp of approval
Various court judgements between 2003 and 2010 illustrate that both the legislature and judiciary fully recognize the importance of mediation in South Africa.
Van den Berg v Le Roux ((2003) ALL SA 599 (NC))
In Van den Berg v Le Roux ( ALL SA 599 (NC)), Judge Kgomo ordered that the parties undergo mediation for all future custody disputes with regard to their 10-year old daughter and “only subsequent to the conclusion of the mediation process could either party approach a competent court”.
Townsend-Tuner & Another v Morrow ((2004) ALL SA 235 (C))
In Townsend-Tuner and Another v Morrow ( ALL SA 235 (C)) the court ordered that the mediation had to commence within two weeks of the granting of the order and that it should continue for a period of at least three months or for the duration of at least four mediation sessions in an effort to resolve the issue of access between the father of a 7-year-old boy and the boy’s maternal grandmother. The parties were also ordered to share equally the costs of the mediation.
Judge Brassey in Bownlee v Brownlee (2009)
Judge Brassey in Bownlee v Brownlee (2009) held that: “Mediation can produce remarkable results in the most unpropitious of circumstances, especially when conducted by one of the several hundred people in this country who have been trained in the process. The success of the process lies in its very nature. Unlike settlement negotiations between legal advisers, in themselves frequently fruitful, the process is conducted by an independent expert who can, under conditions of the strictest confidentiality, isolate underlying interests, use the information to identify common ground and, by drawing on his or her own legal and other knowledge, sensitively encourage an evaluation of the prospects of success in the litigation and an appreciation of the costs and practical consequences of continued litigation, particularly if the case is a loser”.
What do our clients say?
Thank you to Melissa for her incredible assistance in mediating our divorce settlement and parenting arrangements. I am highly appreciative of her skills in what could have been a far more painful experience. Annabel, Rosebank
We were delighted to speak to someone that was able to explain really complex issues (both emotionally and legally) in easily understandable terms. Because Melissa was able to remain calm, objective and fair; somehow, because of this, we all followed suit. Steven, Bryanston
It takes a special skill, to make each person affected by divorce, break-up or parental plan to feel validated and heard, we are so grateful that this was the case for us. Margaret, Morningside
It is seldom in life that you get much more than what you are expecting or paying for. However, with Melissa at Amani Mediation this was exactly the case. Anne, Sunninghill
Melissa mediated our divorce in 2017. She created a peaceful and calm environment during our divorce mediation, which was a safe and non-judgemental space for us to finalise the settlement agreement and parenting plan. Melissa treated us both with respect and kindness during a troubled time and I would highly recommend her professional mediation services. Frances, Randpark Ridge
Full names of clients are not provided due to Amani’s strict client confidentiality policies.