Mediation is a tool used to resolve family disputes in New Zealand. It is intended to help both parties to the dispute in family matters. This may apply to older people who are in mourning, who have problems with entering another relationship, but also to people who are depressed or anxious, use stimulants and many others. In family matters, it serves to reach an agreement regarding the care of the child in the event of the breakdown of the parents’ relationship. This may be undertaken before the case is referred to the family court. Within this framework, an independent mediator or other specialist helps to discuss the basic controversial issues that are to lead to a settlement. Children are also included in this process to take into account their well-being and interests.
As the author emphasizes, an important stage of mediation is establishing a procedure that will help implement the final version of the parenting plan. This plan is intended to relieve tension between parents, as well as to change family relationships that will benefit the upbringing of children. In New Zealand, there were legislative changes in 2023 that allowed children to be involved in the resolution of family disputes if the decisions made would affect them.