What is Mediation?

Mediation training in Belize

- Mediation training in Belize



The mediator does not make decisions or recommendations, but assists with communication, mutual understanding and creative problem solving.

Mediation is a process (not binding in a court of law) where an impartial third party - the mediator - facilitates negotiations between parties in a dispute. The parties maintain control over the outcome of the mediation, and the meditator will help them reach agreements that can be written up as a contract or presented to a law court.


Advantages to Mediation
  • Placing a focus on  the parties’ interests and concerns rather than their legal rights only
  • Encouragement of the parties fashioning their own solutions
  • Creating a relaxed and comfortable environment for negotiation and discussion
  • Using mediation time productively to help disputes be resolved as swiftly as possible
  • A relatively inexpensive cost


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Family Mediation

Conflicts in the family are best dealt with in the informal and friendly setting that mediation offers.

When couples are considering separation, they may wish to use mediation in order to minimise stress, frustration and financial cost. Rather than have the specifics of their transition decided by a judge, couples can work out the details of property division, child support and parenting with the help of a neutral mediator.

This way, conflict and communication problems need not get in the way of reaching reasonable agreements, meeting important interests or on-going collaboration.

If you think PDA’s mediation services can help your family and would like more information, get in touch with us on 
246) 432-2011 or send an email to salmerigi@caribsurf.com

What to Expect from Your Mediation

Our mediator will meet with each party either separately or jointly. Parties are permitted to bring with them attorneys or other relevant professionals, as well as related materials, such as financial records and attorney summaries.


Once mediation begins, the following will occur:

Informal discussion to determine individual key issues and needs

Mutually examining how each issue can be resolved in a way that benefits both parties

These discussions may lead to a Memorandum of Agreement, which can be submitted to court if there is a court case. The process is confidential, so conversations and offers made during the mediation process cannot be used in court.