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Try mediation before divorce, expert advises couples

“The cost of exploring mediation is cheaper.”

• June 13, 2021

A mediation advocate, Valentino Buoro, says mediation has helped to resolve many broken marriages that were on the verge of divorce. 

Mr Buoro who made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, said that mediation cannot reduce the rising cases of divorce in the society but that the economical, religious and social values of the people can do so. 

“Mediation can only give a soft landing to the parties if they must divorce. 

“Divorce may be encouraged if there is a threat to life; otherwise, marriage, like every other aspect of life, experiences ups and downs which can be fixed,” he said. 

According to him, parties have the ability to express themselves well at mediation because it is done in private, which the normal court processes may not allow. 

“At the end, some couples come out of the mediation process holding hands,” Mr Buoro added. 

He, however, explained that the court was the only arbiter that could pronounce the divorce.

The mediation expert advised couples who had filed for divorce to ask the court to stay proceedings to enable them to explore a mediation process.

“In mediation, dirty linen can be washed between the parties and the mediator but not in the public eye.

“There is confidentiality in a mediation process and issues are resolved in private.

“The cost of exploring mediation is cheaper and mediation assists families to divorce in a respectable manner,” Mr Buoro added.

Mediation is a procedure in which the parties discuss their dispute with the assistance of a trained impartial third person(s) who assists them in reaching a settlement.

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