Mediation

MIKK Model for Mediation

There are several reasons to work with two mediators in cases of international child abduction. Co-mediators have the advantage of complementing each other, exchanging ideas, amplifying and relieving during the mediation process. Further they have the possibility of process monitoring (observation and taking notes) by one team member, while the other mediator asks questions, or they can focus on different aspects of the situation.

There are several reasons to work with two mediators in cases of international child abduction. Co-mediators have the advantage of complementing each other, exchanging ideas, amplifying and relieving during the mediation process. Further they have the possibility of process monitoring (observation and taking notes) by one team member, while the other mediator asks questions, or they can focus on different aspects of the situation. Two mediators may also be beneficial when the mediators have varying skills. For example, the participants may want one mediator who is an expert in one particular field and another mediator that is an expert in a different field. Having two mediators who can divide tasks may also accelerate the process. For example, each mediator can caucus (meet individually) with one of the participants at the same time, making the mediation more efficient. Last but not least co-mediators have the opportunity for common reflection on the process. Altogether this leads of a higher process quality and efficiency critically in child-abduction cases, where a solution has to be found under time pressure despite the high level of emotions.

Further, to feel comfortable, participants need their differing ethnicities, genders or ages represented in the mediators. For example, in family law mediations, it sometimes makes the participants more comfortable to have mediators of both genders present. A father may otherwise feel that a female mediator would favour his wife, or vice versa. Two mediators with different language skills are also helpful when the participants speak two or more different languages.

The association “Mediation in International Conflicts Involving Parents and Children” has a specific model for team work in cases of cross-border parental child abduction.

The team members should cover different Areas in regard of four aspects: Both cultures, both languages, bi-professional background and both gender.

 

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