Mediation is a tested, sensitive, intelligent approach to the resolution of separation, divorce, custody, and family disputes. In mediation, the parties meet with a mediator (s) who raises all of the topics which need to be addressed and facilitates a discussion to reach a resolution.
A constructive framework is provided that promotes parties to make mutual decisions as they move from “opposing positions” to discussions and negotiations of “mutual interests”.
Our goal is to assist you to most effectively, comfortably and confidently represent yourself (with any desired assistance by legal counsel) in mediation. In mediation, you will be making all of the decisions. The mediators have no decision-making powers. Thus, it is important for you to consider how you can best represent your interests in mediation, as well as the results that you would like to create.
When a couple decides to separate/divorce, their dreams and plans for their future(s) have been crushed.
Divorce is sometimes referred to as "death without a body" and after the loss of a spouse through death, divorce ranks second as one of life's most stressful events. Over 55% of first-time marriages in the United States result in divorce and over 70% of second-time marriages also end in divorce.
Mediation is the least intrusive and most healing of the legal options to divorce.
Mediation for the resolution of issues that arise in families.
As a neutral third party, I facilitate discussions that assist the participants to explore and find mutually acceptable solutions. In one or a series of meetings, family members resolve disagreements and disputes around loss, money, medical issues, trusts and estates, family business and future planning.
This information is intended to assist you in maximizing and economizing your mediation experience.
What are our chances for success?
Evidence shows, and our experience supports the fact that, over 90% of mediating parties reach comprehensive resolution. This high success rate is due to most participants being highly motivated to reach agreement.
What if we don't reach agreement?
In mediation, all discussions and materials, with very few exceptions, are confidential. If no mediated agreement is reached, evidence of the mediation discussions, mediation materials and any draft mediation resolutions will not be admissible in any court or other adversarial proceeding. In addition, mediation is a completely voluntary process. At any point if either or both of you feel that the process is not productive, you can terminate mediation and you always have the option to seek outside counsel.
How long will the mediation take and how much will it cost?
Unfortunately, it is hard to predict with precision how long a mediation will take or how much mediation will cost. These issues depend primarily on how agreeable the participants are. Generally, for divorce and family matters, we meet anywhere from two to twelve times for approximately one hour each meeting. If everyone agrees, and if time permits, mediation sessions can be held for longer periods in order to move the process along more quickly. At the conclusion of the mediation, we will prepare a comprehensive agreement for you that describes all of the terms and conditions of your settlement. This comprehensive agreement could be in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding, a Separation Agreement or a Divorce Petition. The cost of a comprehensive mediated agreement generally ranges between $1,000 and $3,000, depending on the complexity of your situation and the level of involvement of outside counsel. We will be as specific as possible in these regards once we have a better understanding of your situation.
What if we already agree on some things?
Fantastic! The first thing that we want to do in mediation is to identify what you already agree on. We will use those points of agreement as a foundation for your overall agreement. Sometimes, the concepts that make sense to you on certain easy issues can be applied to resolve other issues as well. We will want to be sure that your agreement is well-informed and that you are aware of the many issues that you may want to consider. What is included in your agreement is up to you. Our goal is to support your well-informed decision-making.