What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process that is voluntary and which allows you and your spouse to make decisions based upon an understanding of your interests and views, your spouse’s interests and views and the circumstances that you both face. You and your spouse meet with a professional mediator who facilitates your discussions but does not give legal advice or make decisions for you. However, the mediator may offer suggestions as to how you can resolve your disputed issues and what you can expect if you were to litigate the matter.
How Does Mediation work?
You and your spouse meet together with the mediator in 3-way meetings to identify the issues that need to be resolved, to exchange all requested information and documents, and to utilize non-adversarial problem-solving techniques to arrive at an agreement.
Many parties choose to consult with an advising lawyer before and during the mediation process so that they can understand their legal rights and obligations and feel more confident that the terms they are about to agree to are reasonable. Additionally, they may consult with other professionals such as appraisers, accountants, valuation experts, financial planners and mental health professionals to assist them in the process.
What issues can be resolved through mediation?
- Divorce & legal separation
- Custody and parenting plans
- Valuation & division of property
- Child support & spousal support
- Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements
What are the benefits of mediation?
- You make decisions and create solutions that make the most sense for you and your family. A judge will not be making those decisions for you.
- You are able to set your own pace. The mediation process can move at whatever speed the parties choose.
- You can be more creative in finding solutions than that which would be available through the court.
- Your sessions are confidential and private.