Mediation is an important tool to avoid or resolve conflict associated with guardianship.
Suspension of rights and liberties through guardianship is invasive and emotional. Mediation has several applications:
To avoid guardianship – All avenues should be explored and guardianship used as a last resort.
- Example – Siblings are sometimes fearful of the actions of one another. One could decide they have to petition the court for guardianship to forestall the actions of another. That could lead to competing claims and a bitter court fight. Instead they may be able to get adequate assurances in mediation so that isn’t necessary.