The Mediation Unit
The Mediation unit at the “Shiluv” Institute has been operating for more than twenty years and has accumulated experience in successful mediation processes with hundreds of families.
About the mediation process
The principle facing us is that – in the event of disagreements – it is almost always advisable to first try to conduct a dialog before resorting to legal proceedings.
This perception is also now part of the legal system itself, which allows for proceedings to be opened in the Family Court only if the attempt to resolve the dispute by other means has already been exhausted.
The mediation unit integrates a variety of legal therapeutic aspects. It is headed by Moshe Erlendur Okon, an Attorney and a Notary Public who is certified by the Ministry of Justice for Enduring Power of Attorney.
The activities of the unit are as follows:
- Drawing up agreements for mutual respect, financial and monetary agreements, prenuptial agreements and agreements between common-law couples, including in respect of joint parenting issues;
- Drafting agreements for temporary separation and arranging the legal and economic issues that derive from the separation;
- Drawing up divorce agreements that include matters relating to parenting, division of property, etcetera. These agreements may have the validity of a judgment in the Family Court or in the Rabbinical Court;
- Drawing up agreements on the matter of division of parenting time with children after separation or divorce, when the life circumstances of the parents or the children undergo a change;
- Assistance and counseling in other family disputes, such as matters of inheritance, caring for elderly parents, and so on and so forth;
- Assistance and advice in the preparation of an Enduring Power of Attorney, preliminary guidelines for the appointment of a Guardian and an ‘Expression of Wishes’ document pursuant to the new amendment to the Legal Capacity & Guardianship Law, and in the preparation of preliminary medical guidelines pursuant to the Terminally Ill Patient Law;
- Conducting workshops and courses both inside the Institute and externally to it on the subject of family law and mediation, including a basic course in mediation and workshops by invitation.