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Amani Mediation helps couples pre, during or post 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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Benefits

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. Emotions can dominate objectivity and problem-solving, 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 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 enormous amounts of time and money.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation Explained by Amani Mediation

Research backs mediation

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    Mediation is said to be a way of helping parties to negotiate agreements and renegotiate relationships in a more adaptive way than adversarial procedures (De Jong 2010)

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    Divorce mediation should reduce “the negative consequences of divorce” on children (Mienkowska-Norkiene, 2012, p.199)

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    Research by Kelly (2004) has shown that divorce mediation is helpful in resolving emotional and agreement issues in family conflict, which could have a positive impact on children’s adjustment to the divorce.

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    Lowenstein (2009) describes mediation as, “one of the interventions in place to put parents in control of the decision making regarding their divorce and future of their children” (p. 234)

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    According to De Jong (2003, 2005, 2010) divorce mediation is a compelling alternative to divorce litigation.

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    Shaw (2010) conducted research and reported that mediation has been shown quantitatively to be superior to litigation in dealing with divorce cases.

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))
Townsend-Tuner & Another v Morrow ((2004) ALL SA 235 (C))
Judge Brassey in Bownlee v Brownlee (2009)
Van den Berg v Le Roux ((2003) ALL SA 599 (NC))

In Van den Berg v Le Roux ([2003] 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 ([2004] 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”.

Co-Parenting solutions made easy with Amani Mediation

What do our clients say?

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Professional accreditation

Melissa Accreitation for Mediation
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