Is there a Difference Between Mediation and Conciliation?

Although they may share similarities, Mediation and Conciliation are different things and the main difference between them is dependent on the third party and the role that they play.

When it comes to mediation, there is a third-party mediator who will facilitate the discussion to help both parties come to agreements. Mediation is an alternative form of dispute resolution and is supported by an unbiased third-party mediator.

With conciliation, the conciliator will play an advisory role and may intervene in order to offer feasible solutions to both parties and help settle their disputes.


What Are The Main Differences?

There are key differences between mediation and conciliation. In order to help you understand the differences, we have compiled the key information into the table below.

DefinitionThe process of mediation is about resolving disputes between parties and a third-party mediator will support both parties in coming to an agreement.As an alternative method of dispute resolution, Conciliation is when a third party is appointed to help settle the disputes by persuading both parties to reach an agreement.
Role of Third PartyThe role of the mediator is to be the facilitator of the mediation session.The role of the conciliator is to facilitate, evaluate, and intervene with the conciliation session.
RegulationMediators are regulated by the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.Conciliators are regulated by the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.
End ResultMediation aims to reach an agreement between parties and it’s enforceable by law.Conciliation aims to come to a settlement agreement and it is executable as a decree of civil court.

Why Should I Choose Family Mediation?

When it comes to resolving financial or child arrangements, family mediation provides a wide range of benefits over going to court. These benefits include:

  • It’s More Cost-Effective – Family mediation is usually the more cost-effective option than going to court as you won’t need to negotiate using a solicitor. This can save you money in the long term, especially if your case will take longer.
  • Amicable Agreements – In general, family mediation offers a less stressful way of dealing with disputes and it often results in more amicable agreements than going to court.
  • Shorter Process – Usually, family mediation is a shorter process than going to court. The court may take anywhere from a few months to even a few years, whereas, family mediation can take a few days up to a few weeks.

At Family Mediation & Counselling Services, we provide family mediation services to help you reach an agreement on child arrangements and financial settlements. In addition, we also provide online mediation sessions. If you’re looking for an alternative to going to court, then speak to one of our experienced family mediators today.


Get in Touch with Family Mediation & Counselling Services

If you would like to have an online family mediation with one of our highly-trained and experienced family mediators, then please call us now or you can complete our ‘Request a Call Back’ form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

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