1. Overview

Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process based on finding practical solutions, which is agreeable to all the parties involved, with the assistance of a neutral third party.

 

Established in 1997 as a non-profit organization and a company limited by the guarantee of the Singapore Academy of Law, the Singapore Mediation Centre (“SMC”) was founded to endorse and assist the settling of disputes through alternative dispute resolution processes. 

2. Role of The SMC

SMC offers mediation across a wide range of services, ranging from commercial mediation to family services which are designed to complement the services that Singapore offers as a pre-eminent platform for alternative dispute resolution. Therefore, most disputes with the exception of criminal ones can undergo mediation, unless it requires a precedent or is a case where only the courts can issue a suitable remedy.

SMC has also highly established themselves as training experts in the fields of negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution domestically and regionally. 

3. Statistics



Since it’s establishment in 1997, SMC has established a reputation with a proven track record of success with over 2700 matters having been mediated at SMC with 75% of cases being settled.

SMC is now a reputable body with a distinguished panel of adjudicators, mediators and neutral evaluators, promoting Singapore as a platform for mediation and dispute resolution of the highest standard in the region.

4. Family Services



SMC provides two schemes which address familial disputes, namely the Family (Matrimonial) Mediation Scheme and the Collaborative Family Practice.

4.1 Family (Matrimonial) Mediation Scheme
This scheme was developed by the SMC in order to assist individuals involved in matrimonial cases resolve disputes in an amicable manner whilst ensuring efficiency and low cost.

If you are going through a divorce or separation, divorce mediation can help you resolve more complicated issues that may arise during the dispute. These issues may include but are not limited to the custody of your child, dividing family assets, spouse or child maintenance or other financial matters that may result from the relationship breakdown.

4.2 Collaborative Family Practice (“CFP”)
CFP is a new dispute resolution process in Singapore, which is undertaken before starting any court proceedings. Unlike the acrimonious nature of contested divorce, CFP provides a less stressful and hostile environment for you and your spouse to negotiate the dispute.

Moreover, the professionals involved in the process include specially trained CFP lawyers and other family specialists ranging from financial advisers to child specialists who will assist you and your spouse in reaching an agreement that would best suit your family and circumstances.

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