Mediation Information


Mediation:

Stay in charge of YOUR LIFE. The mediation process is designed to help you do just that, since nothing happens in the process unless you both agree to it.

Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process to help you resolve your issues and conflicts.

A divorce does not have to mean devastation to your lives. In more and more case couples are working through a structured settlement called "mediation", a process where the couple is in charge of making the decisions that affect the outcome of their divorce.

The process is a more productive transition.

Mediation is a cooperative effort, which costs less than traditional divorce.

Divorce mediation keeps the decision making process in your hands. It is the process wherein a neutral third party a "mediator" works to encourage and facilitate dispute-resolutions between you and your spouse. It is an informal and non-adversarial process with a simple objective: to help you and your spouse reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. The mediator's role includes, but is not limited to, assisting to identify issues, foster joint problem solving, and explore settlement options and alternatives.

We are lawyers experienced in divorce law and mediation, offering divorcing, separating and other couples a fair process in which they can discuss and decide for themselves arrangements for their children, support and property division. The couple jointly hire a member of the firm to act not as the attorney for either or both, but as a neutral mediator. During a series of mediation sessions the couple works out a mutually satisfactory plan covering the children's living arrangements, the financial needs of each member of the family, the home and other assets and debts of the parties. Both are free to consult with a lawyer or other advisor at any time. The process is designed to reduce the adversarial components often encountered in a divorce proceeding and also to save time and money.

"Mediation" is the confidential process by which a neutral mediator assists the parties in attempting to reach a mutually acceptable resolution on issues relative to their divorce.

Once an agreement is reached, the mediator will write a draft for the couple to review before signing. The completed and signed agreement is enforceable and, if part of a divorce, may be presented to the court for approval. The couple can each retain their own lawyer for advice at at any stage of the process.

ROLE OF THE MEDIATOR:

A mediator is a neutral. He/she does not take sides or choose who is right or wrong. The role of a divorce mediator is to reduce obstacles to communication; assist with identifying issues; help explore alternative resolutions; and to facilitate voluntary and mutually agreeable solutions. It is important to note that the ultimate decision always remains within the couples control.

HOW TO STAY IN CHARGE:

You need to know what you want. Success in mediation depends on you both knowing what you want your agreement to say. You also both need to be ready and willing; ready to listen to yourself, ready to listen to each other and ready to try to reach an agreement.

We encourage each of you to listen to what is important to you and your future needs and goals. Knowing what you want is your basic compass to steer by.

BENEFITS OF MEDIATION:

Mediation promotes communication and cooperation. It empowers you to make the informed decisions that affect your life. Mediation can de-escalate, manage and even resolve conflict. Mediation is seen as a win-win situation.