CONFLICT RESOLUTION DONE RIGHT
The voluntary and confidential process of Mediation helps families resolve conflict and reach an agreement that works for your family. Whether you are represented by counsel or seeking to resolve the issues without an attorney, our firm will mediate all issues pertaining to separation and divorce.
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is a non-adversarial, cooperative approach to conflict resolution that allows the parties to reach a voluntary settlement agreement through discussions and negotiations in a safe and confidential environment. The mediator, who is a neutral third party, assists the parties in clarifying the issues, considering options, and reaching a workable, long-term settlement that fits their family’s needs.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF MEDIATION?
You decide your future: Rather than giving that power to a judge you decide what works for you and your family.
Focuses on needs and interests rather than an adversarial approach of positions: Mediation examines the underlying causes of the problem and looks at what solutions best suit your unique needs and interests.
Fosters familial relationships: Unlike going to court which is adversarial in nature, mediation promotes cooperation and is future focused. Mediation helps end the problem, not the relationship.
Mediation deals with feelings: Acknowledging emotions and being able to share your story promotes movement towards a settlement. Discussing both legal and personal issues can help you develop a new understanding of yourself and the other person.
Higher satisfaction with the outcome: Participants in mediation report higher satisfaction rates than people who go to court. Because of their active involvement, they have a higher commitment to upholding the settlement than people who have a judge decide for them.
Informality: Mediation provides flexibility which allows the parties involved to find the best path to an agreement, rather than a procedural approach used in court.
Quicker process: It may take years before a case concludes with a trial, while a mediated settlement agreement may be obtained in a couple of hours or in a couple sessions over a few weeks.
Lower cost: Litigation is expensive, and its costs usually far exceed its benefits. Mediation services are sometimes available at low cost for certain types of cases. Even a partial settlement can lessen later litigation fees.
Privacy: Unlike most court cases, which are matters of public record, mediations are confidential.