We assist with drafting and filing necessary documentation for the Court. We meet with parties (either virtually or in person) to mediate any issues related to divorce, separation, parenting schedules, child support, alimony, property division, the family’s budget, etc.
In a confidential setting, the mediator helps each party to communicate what is important to him or her and to hear what is important to the other party. With help from the mediator, the parties:
• identify the issues that need to be resolved;
• prioritize the issues and focus on one at a time;
• discuss possible solutions;
• come to agreement about parenting plans and/or financial or other issues;
• have a draft prepared of their emerging agreement; and
• review, revise, and prepare the agreement for signing.
Often, mediation works anyway. Mediators find ways to help the parties move forward, even though they might appear to be at an impasse. For most people, face-to-face or virtual meetings are most efficient and effective, but for some clients, separate meetings (caucusing) work better. In such situations, the mediator meets with each party separately, asks questions, and carries relevant information and proposals back and forth between the parties. There is the additional option of having review counsel assist with such situations, where a party could consult with an attorney for himself/ herself, on a much more limited bases.
Mediation is still available. Most of the negotiation occurs between the parties and mediator. The attorney can review the information and documentation and give you advice related to the same on a more limited bases, resulting in lower costs.
You will make the decisions. You will minimize conflict and costs. You, the individuals involved, are the ones who know your children and family best. You don’t have to leave it to a stranger in a courtroom to tell you how your family will work or how you will be raising your children.
• Mediation is much less expensive than fighting in court.
• Mediation is much less distressing than fighting in court.
• Mediation is much faster than working your way through the many complex steps of litigation.