Our Mediation Services
EMCC was the first organization to be appointed by the Subordinate Courts to perform mediations in the Family Court in the late 1990s and is currently a Registered Service Provider of Mediation Services accredited by the Singapore International Mediation Institute.
Mediation at EMCC is interest-based and people-centered, with the aim of enabling people to effectively manage their personal, marital, family and organisational relationships. Our panel of mediators are highly-qualified and experienced in family, community and commercial disputes. They are dedicated to helping clients resolve conflicts and seeing them through the difficult seasons in life.
Types of Mediation:
Mediation can help divorcing parties to review all issues (e.g. property division, financial arrangements including spousal and child maintenance, co-parenting arrangements) that need to be addressed in a final divorce decree and to arrive at mutually acceptable decisions on these issues. Parties’ agreements can be summarised in a settlement agreement, which will form the basis of a consent order to be filed in court as part of the divorce decree.
Divorce decrees may not cover all eventualities that occur in life (e.g. parents remarry, change in parents’ residences, jobs and incomes, change in children’s preferenecs and needs) and new understanding need to be reached on issues such as contact with the child, co-parenting schedules, parent-to-parent communication and finances. Mediation is helpful in post-divorce situations when circumstances have changed but both parents are still committed to doing their best for the child.
Care for Elderly or Disabled Family Members
Ageing and living with disability can cause significant changes in an individual’s needs, roles of family members and family dynamics. Decisions to accommodate the change (e.g. transportation, finances, issues of inheritance, care-giving, residence, medical decisions) may be difficult to reach and stressful for families, especially in families with a history of past sibling rivalries, jealousies and perceived favouritism. Differences in economic abilities, family structures and places of residence can also further strain relationships and make the decision-making process more challenging than it already is.
A structured mediation process enables key decisions to be made without putting the elderly or disabled person on the spot and feeling pressured to take sides against on family member or another. It also promotes understanding and addresses underlying family conflicts, helping families to resolve their disputes and make decisions while preserving family relationships.
The need for increased autonomy characteristic of a child’s transition to adolescence will almost certainly bring about changes in their relationships with their parents. For some families, this can a stressful period as relationship dynamics change and communication becomes strained and difficult.
Children beyond parental control are those beyond 16 years of age who display behavioural problems in school or at home. They are not offenders but their behaviour may be serious enough that parents might go to court for assistance in managing them. Their issues are often ladened with intense emotions and a perceived imbalance of power, causing deep rifts within the family. Laying a complaint in the court is often a last resort for parents and caregivers as this could severely strain or affect the relationship between them and the child.
Mediation is helpful as it enables the parent(s) and the teenager to negotiate important personal boundaries and establish new understandings in a safe and respectful environment. Mediation is empowering as it affirms all parties by allowing them to express their independent views, set new expectations and decide on a mutually acceptable way of conducting their relationship.
Work takes a central role in an individual’s life and the interpersonal relationships he develops at work has important implications for the individual and the organization he works for. Despite the personal nature of relationships, high-conflict workplace disputes like wage disputes, controversies over leadership roles and directions, sexual harassment and workplace discrimination can attract public investigations and costly lawsuits with far-reaching consequences on an organisation’s reputation.
Workplace disputes can be mediated in a confidential setting through an informal and voluntary process. Mediation facilitates communication among disputing parties to help them arrive at acceptable agreements, at a fraction of a litigated settlement.
Mediation, with its focus on a collaborative process, is often a good fit for probate cases. The mediation process is particularly useful when the claims are not simply legal disputes, but involved ongoing relationships between the parties. Most cases involve family members or others who have long-term relationships.
Issues that can be mediated include the descendent’s estate (testamentary or non-testamentary), trust disputes (e.g. trustee-beneficiary duties and relationships), guardianship over minors or adults etc. In addition, families are also choosing mediation at the time of estate planning in order to resolve issues that may otherwise arise later.