Conflict management and mediation in the family
Mediation is used when there are conflicts in the family or in the family environment (e.g. with neighbors or friends) that are often very stressful for those involved. The topics can be: separation and divorce agreements, parent-youth relationships, conflicts in step-families, foster families and adoptive families, inheritance disputes, care and support for older family members, neighborhood disputes.
Typical conflict situations in families
Separation and divorce mediation
It is about agreements regarding the common children after a separation. This argument is often emotionally exhausting for those involved. They separate as a couple, but remain parents of their children together. A solution should, as far as possible, take into account the interests of all parties involved so that a sustainable agreement is reached – this is possible through a mediation process.
Siblings inherit a house and many memorabilia from their parents. They cannot agree on a division. What happens what the parents least wanted – a conflict among the descendants, which often leads to a complete break in contact. Often things from childhood play a role and the relationship between the heirs. In mediation, the focus is on clarification on the factual level (distribution of inheritance) and the relationship level.
There is a dispute with the neighbors about the property boundaries or the planting of these. The dispute has escalated so much over the years that no more words are exchanged between the parties, direct contact is avoided. However, the conflict puts such a strain on all parties that they no longer feel comfortable in their own garden. You decide to resolve the conflict. Mediation enables them to build a new relationship and clarify the disputed points.
How does mediation work in the family?
Mediation is a structured process to resolve conflicts and conflicts of interest. This happens self-determined – i.e. those involved work out their own solutions with the help of the mediator. It is important on the way to a solution that a mutual understanding of the interests of the other is developed.
The mediator is neutral and supports the parties in expressing their issues and needs. Mediation is a protected space in which confidentiality is agreed and the mediator ensures that emotions can be expressed without the communication being hurtful, manipulative or intimidating.
Conflict parties are very burdened by their conflicts, it is important that the mediator is experienced in the field of their topic. Our mediators are experienced experts with many years of experience. If necessary, we also work with teams of two or more mediators.
Why you should choose conflict resolution
Mediation has a very high rate of agreement. The advantage of the procedure lies in the self-determination. No solution is given from the outside, as is the case with the court. There is thus no risk of getting out of such a procedure as a “loser”.
Only what is agreed upon is acceptable to all parties after careful consideration. The interests of everyone are worked out and solutions are developed on this basis. Mediation not only generates good solutions but in many cases achieves a reconciliation or a restart of the relationship between those involved.
The process is designed to stabilize relationships over the long term.
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