Hearings in mediation and at court differ, which is illustrated in the short extract from a workshop of the conference “Protecting the Child”.
However it was often mentioned during the conference, that, even if no agreement was reached, mediation improved the communication in the court room afterwards. In the first court hearing the judge can make the conflicting parties to listen to each other and in this way create a less hostile atmosphere and open a path to an agreement outside a court.
The right questions are crucial in order to reach mutual listening. A set of 10 possible questions for conflicting parties is provided below.