The family is a construction in which many individuals meet in order to live together. This can lead to very different challenges where conflicts are unavoidable. Last but not least, emotions usually play a major role, which can lead to psychological damage from the conflicts.
The fields of application of family mediation include the following areas:
- Separation / divorce (e.g. custody, alimony, asset allocation)
- Existing partnerships (e.g. work-life balance, family planning, dealing with families of origin and personal network)
- Elective affinities (e.g. agreements, contracts, such as right of residence, care, etc.)
- Blended families (e.g. role agreement)
- Intergenerational conflicts (e.g. multi-generational household, dealing with parents and children, inheritance, company succession)
Family mediation must have a special focus on children and ensure that the children's rights of the child are observed. Above all, Art. 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states as follows:
"1. States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child."
This is particularly important in family mediation.
If not cleared out in good time, conflicts within family groups can have devastating effects on the psyche of those involved. An emotional breakdown of family life can arise.
Mediation can offer a space to dismantle walls and look into the future together.
The concept of family mediation is very complex. That is why mediation in this area naturally does not extend to families alone or to the sophisticated meaning of family.
- In contrast to internal and inter-company mediation, the focus of family mediation is on individuals who neither own a company / institution (I mean the founders and owners) nor work for one. The conflicts to be found here are partly due to the situation, the environment, the system that the company brings with it.
- In contrast to dispute settlement within the framework of a family, as is (still) common today, mediation is in principle used wherever at least one of the two people feels a conflict in a relationship. Mediation understands relationship to mean the following types of relationships:
- Small family, large family,
- heteronomous and anti-normative relationships,
- polygamous and monogamous relationships,
- Relationship anarchy,
- labeled and unlabeled relationships,
- Relationships between children, adolescents, parents, grandparents,
- Neighborhood relationships,
- Friendship relationships,
- Relationships within the framework of (un) regular sports, music, art and discussion events.
The list does not end here.
The infinity of this list is intended to question and expand the concept of family mediation. Mediation should address everyone who has a consciously or unconsciously structured relationship with another person and with whom he / she feels a conflict.