D House | Mediation
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Two roads diverged in a wood. I took the one that was cheaper and settled out of court.

Not Robert Frost 

Mediation involves a neutral third person assisting a marital couple or family to reach mutual agreements without adjudication.  Discussions are facilitated to help identify issues, clarify priorities, explore areas of compromise and generate options to resolve disputes.  These issues include the parenting plan (Section 33 of the Children’s Act No 38 of 2005), maintenance, care and contact that often surface during a divorce or separation.  The benefits of mediation are that it is cheaper than litigation, less formal than court, time saving, a mutual agreement is reached without the use of lawyers and after the parenting plan was formalised it becomes a binding contract which could be made an order of court.


Mediation is part of a legal process and thus you will not be able to claim through your medical aid for these services.  The number of sessions required for successful mediation is usually between 4-8.