HOW WE CAN HELP

 

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.

To book a mediation consultation
submit the form below OR call us on +27 (0) 72 590 9517

To book a mediation consultation
submit the form below OR call us on +27 (0) 72 590 9517

We typically employ a three-step approach detailed below:

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Mediation & Assessment Information Meeting

We begin each mediation process with a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). During the MIAM we clarify the context and background to your needs, provide an opportunity for each party to seek clarification on any concerns, establish clear roles and responsibilities in the mediation process, agree information sharing requirements and commitments and agree clear goals, principles, structure, timelines and costs of the mediation.

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Mediation Sessions

You can mediate one or all of the following agreements:

  • Parenting plan
  • Maintenance agreement
  • Division of assets agreement
  • Family disputes
  • Matrimonial property regimes
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Formalisation of agreements

Based on the outcome of the mediation session/s, where necessary a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is drafted by the mediator and signed off by both parties. Where there are any aspects pertaining to children in the agreement, the Office of the Family Advocate should review the document to ensure the arrangements in it are in the best interests of the child. An attorney formalises the document into a settlement agreement that is attached to the summons and served on the defendant.

Parenting plan

A parenting plan determines any matter in connection with parental responsibilities and rights, such as residence, maintenance, contact, schooling and healthcare. It outlines how parents will raise their children after separation or divorce. However, the scope of what may be included in a parenting plan is virtually unlimited.

Our parenting plan package includes a 90-minute face to face session and the provision of a detailed and tailored parenting plan contract. In cases where the children are aged 4 to 17, a voice of the child interview is recommended prior to the parenting plan mediation session. During the mediation session, we facilitate a structured discussion to help you develop a plan that is built around the best interests of the child. Our facilitation skills, checklists and planning aids help to make the discussion more focused and efficient.

Child maintenance agreement

The child maintenance agreement determines the amount payable by each parent on a monthly basis, given each parents earning capacity and the reasonable needs of the child; including but not limited to housing, food, clothing, education and medical care related needs.

Our maintenance agreement package includes a 90-minute face to face session. During the mediation session, we facilitate a structured discussion to help you develop a maintenance agreement in line with the requirements of the Children’s Act. Our facilitation skills, knowledge of the relevant legislation and maintenance calculation templates enable an objective and fair maintenance agreement to be reached.

Division of assets agreement

The division of assets agreement determines how assets and liabilities will be distributed and is dependent on the couple’s matrimonial property regime. That said; parties can decide as to whether they would like to apply the matrimonial property regime applicable or draw up an agreement that is suited to their unique needs.

The mediation of a division of assets agreement requires a 90-minute face to face session. During the mediation session, we facilitate a structured discussion to help you to agree on the division of assets and liabilities in line with your matrimonial property regime and taking into account your unique circumstances. Our facilitation skills, knowledge of the relevant legislation, understanding of the information required to mediate the agreement and our division of assets templates and calculators enable an objective and fair agreement to be reached.

Family dispute resolution

Family dispute resolution determines any matter where relationships within a family have become strained due to problems which have not been dealt with. It can address an array of issues such as conflict between siblings or care of elderly parents.

Our family dispute resolution package includes a 90-minute face to face session for diverse family members such as siblings, grandparents and adult children to have difficult conversations. During the mediation session, we facilitate a structured discussion to help you develop an agreement that is in the family members best interests. Our facilitation skills and conflict resolution techniques help to make the discussion more focused and efficient.

Matrimonial property regimes

The matrimonial property regime agreement determines which marriage regime a couple enters into before they marry. It outlines what will happen to your assets and liabilities on divorce or death.

Our matrimonial property regime package includes a 90-minute face to face mediation session. During the mediation session we facilitate a structured discussion to help you understand the implications of each of the three regimes; in community of property, out of community of property with accrual or out of community of property without accrual. Our facilitation skills and knowledge of the relevant legislation empowers you to reach an agreement which is in both of your best interests.

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