In mediation, the couples hires a trained, impartial person to help them resolve specific disputes relating to their divorce. Because the mediator is also an attorney, they have knowledge of the legal requirements of working out a valid settlement. The mediator acts as a guide, encouraging communication between the parties and writing down agreements reached.
The mediation process is a cooperative approach to divorce. Together the parties work with the mediator to understand the issues and develop creative solutions. More importantly, the parties stay in control rather than sitting on the sidelines and leaving major decisions about their life to a judge.
Because of its informality and stress on communication, parties may reach an agreement more quickly and economically. And divorce settlements reached by agreement are more likely to be followed than court-imposed settlements. This can eliminate a lot of post-divorce litigation. Mediation can work for divorcing couples, as well as couples who want a separation but are unsure about divorce. We offer our own unique version of mediation, also known as the Family Transition Plan (FTP). Click here to find out more.