Divorce & Family Mediation
Divorce and family conflict can often create a emotional and turbulent time for families in addition to uncertainty of possible outcomes and concern for how to finance the legal aspect of finalizing a divorce.
Mediation is voluntary. A case will only accepted if all parties agree to mediate. Any party may choose to discontinue the mediation at any time. The mediator may also choose to terminate the mediation.
What is a Mediator?
A mediator is an independent person, experienced and trained in the mediation process, who assists the parties in reaching an agreement. A mediator does not take sides or decide who is right or wrong. Instead, the mediator is impartial and neutral.
What are the Benefits of Mediation?
Fair and Neutral: Parties have equal say in the process and decide the settlement terms.
Informal: The parties can speak candidly during the mediation without fear that what is said will be held against them later.
Saves Time and Money: Mediation requires less time and expense than an investigation or trial.
Confidential: Prior to mediation, all parties sign an agreement of confidentiality stating that information disclosed during mediation will be kept confidential, unless otherwise discoverable as required by law or pursuant to a court order, subpoena, or other validly issued order or notice of a court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction.
Certainty: Mediation avoids the uncertainty of investigative and litigation outcomes.
Empowering: The parties control the outcome of the dispute.
Are Attorneys Needed?
No and Yes. The mediator does not provide legal advice to the parties and attorneys are not needed for the mediation process. However, once the mediation process is complete you will need the assistance of an attorney to file your agreement inc court to finalize your divorce.
Is Mediation Binding?
By participating in mediation, parties are not committing in advance to any particular outcome and the mediator cannot impose a settlement. However, any settlement agreement signed by the parties is binding and enforceable in a court of competent jurisdiction.
What Can I Expect During Mediation?
We will meet for an average of 3 to 5 sessions for one hour depending on the complexity of your divorce which included children and assets.
In most cases, all parties will begin the mediation session together in one room. This is called a joint session. After each person introduces themselves, the mediator will discuss the ground rules and all parties sign an agreement to take part in mediation. The mediator does not speak with either party individually.
How Do I Request Mediation?
If you are interested in pursuing mediation please complete a inquiry form, call or email.
What Happens if My Case is Resolved in Mediation?
If your case is resolved in mediation you will be provided with a Memoranda of Understanding. This is your final settlement report that you will need to file in court to initiate the filing of your divorce.
What Happens if My Case is Not Resolved in Mediation?
In the event the case does not settle and the mediation is terminated, it would be recommended that each party retain a attorney.
What Does Mediation Cost?
One hour mediation sessions are $200. Insurance is not accepted. The Memoranda of Understanding which is your agreement is $250.00