When the family or parties to a dispute have had their say, shouts and abuse tossed at each other, and in the long run, no evidence of a truce becomes apparent, then further steps have to be taken to stop things taking a rediculous and unnecessary route. Family mediation generally comes in where there are marriage disputes and the arrangements for the care of joint offspring must be made. When it’s a case of sibling rivalry, then engaging the services of a solicitor and having your day in court is the ultimate way to get a point across. However satisfying this is to the winner of any case, the pain and expense involved in getting to that point is rarely worth it. The families never feel satisfied, there will always be one side so absolutely full of bile and loathing for the other, that nothing will every heal the rift – very sad but inevitable.