Abstract: Aim: In this study, the divorce process of men and women who have gone through a divorce experience and their children, the court process and the life experiences that they have experienced after getting divorced is examined. The issue whether divorce mediation will decreases the negative effects of divorce on all the processes or not and how the research participants viewed the idea of family (divorce) mediation has been questioned. Method: A mixed model study has been used at the research. The structured and semi structured interview form for the quantitative and qualitative data collection; has been prepared in one single form and different for women and men. Living in Ankara Metropolitan Municipality borders, a total of 97 participants, 53 of which were ladies and 44 of which were male participants who had a divorce experience, participated at the study. Results: When both the divorce process and the course after the divorce are evaluated together, it has been seen that the the vast majority of men and women have evaluated the entire process of divorce as a troubled time with regards to emotional and psychological feelings, with regards to the sense of anger, the need for support, preparation period for divorce and the adaptation to the requirements of divorce. It has been seen that both women and men were thinking that there are common grounds to the divorce, that the basic idea when deciding to divorce is to finish the marriage as soon as possible and that both women and men were thinking that they could not get their rights arising from the divorce. Conclusion: The most important result of the study is the identification that 72% of the divorced individuals were looking at the "family (divorce) mediation" in a positive way. The facts of Parental Alienation and joint custody have been examined in a survey together for the first time. It is proposed that the social service academics and experts of the subject should be included to work during the preparation of the law on family (divorce) mediation.
Keywords: Divorce, Mediation, Family Mediation, Divorce Mediation, Parental Alienation, Jointed Custody, Social Work