Since 1 October 2016, family disputes with the following characteristics may be directed by the Court to private mediation service providers for mediation of the dispute:
If the parties are directed to attend private mediation for their case, the mediation is either conducted by the
Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), or an agreed private mediator chosen by the parties. The Court may also make any orders and directions necessary to facilitate the private mediation, including orders on the payment of mediation fees, and fixing a date after the mediation for parties and/or counsel to return to Court to update on the outcome of the mediation.
What happens if you are able to reach an agreement at the mediation?
The parties and/or lawyers may either e-file the draft consent order that states the terms of parties’ mediated agreement, or have it recorded as a consent order by the Court upon confirmation of the terms by the parties and/or lawyers.
What happens if you are unable to reach an agreement after the mediation?
If the family dispute is not resolved at the private mediation, the Court will give the necessary directions to enable the matter to proceed for hearing.
For more information on Mediation that is conducted by the Court, please click here.
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