Divorce mediation is a voluntary process whereby the parties work with a neutral third-party mediator to negotiate a settlement. The mediator helps facilitate discussions, but does not take sides or impose a decision. The couple is in control deciding when and where mediation will occur, what issues are discussed, and how long it will continue. Since this occurs outside of a courtroom, parties can explore creative solutions that meet their needs.
The role of the mediator is to assist couples in airing their grievances in a constructive way. Our mediators have extensive experience helping couples better understand and communicate their interests, so they can find common ground and settle their disputes. This is especially beneficial where children are involved. Mediation enables parents to achieve a faster, less hostile, more collaborative resolution of child custody issues so they can focus on helping their children cope with the changes in their lives. In addition, the mediation process teaches parents how to better cooperate and compromise which can improve how they deal with each other as they move forward.
In litigation, the parties stake out their positions, expending time, money and energy to get what they want. Mediation encourages parties to work together to resolve disputes, which is typically a faster process. In addition, because mediation is a less formal, out of court process, issues can be addressed much more quickly and efficiently, which further serves to minimize legal expense.
We seek to find the best solutions for our clients. If you are looking for a neutral mediator for your dispute or you have a mediator but want an attorney to advise you on your legal rights, contact us for a consultation.
For more information on mediation, read our article – Is mediation or litigation right for you?