Mediation is an out-of-court process that can assist you and your spouse without ever having to set foot in a Courthouse. Mediation is designed to help individuals work together to find mutually agreed upon solutions and to help parties reduce conflict. The mediator’s role is that of a peacekeeper and negotiator. Mediators assist parties by helping them to communicate more effectively and resolve conflict. Unlike an advocate attorney, a mediator must be neutral, and therefore, cannot advocate for either party. The mediator-attorney can provide the parties with legal information, educate the two parties as to how issues are handled in court, and prepare all the paperwork to bring a case to full resolution.
The mediation process is client centered. That means that you and your spouse will control the process of the divorce, not attorneys or the court. By having more control over the process, spouses will generally find mediation to be less costly and less time consuming when compared to formal court proceedings. Moreover, spouses will enjoy greater flexibility and convenience with scheduling mediation sessions rather than dealing with court ordered hearings and congested court calendars. However, the greatest benefit mediation can offer most parties is that it can significantly reduce the mental, emotional, and financial stress of families going through a divorce by helping spouses avoid a contentious courtroom battle.
When parties work together to create their own agreements, it is not surprising that there is a greater level of future compliance and less need for court modifications in the future. Mediation can provide parties many benefits over the traditional courtroom divorce. It is a legal avenue that should be considered when someone is contemplating a divorce.
If you have any questions regarding mediation, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.