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What is Family and Divorce Mediation?

Divorce and family law mediation is a collaboration through which the parties and the mediator, an impartial third party selected by the parties, work together to find solutions and reach a resolution of divorce and family law disputes. The mediator facilitates the decision making process, but the parties make the actual decisions. 

It is beneficial when the divorce and family law mediator is a divorce lawyer because this legal training allows the mediator to also provide the parties with the salient legal points, which will help guide the parties in their decision making process.  

The mediation process empowers the parties to reach the solutions that are right for them and for their children. The mediator helps the parties communicate in a productive manner and guides the decision making process with the parties' collective interests in mind. 

The mediator is always cognizant of what is in the best interests of the parties' children.

The mediator helps the parties to find common ground and to realize their common goals, even in the most contentious divorce and family disputes.

The mediation process fosters the parties self-determination through facilitation, empowerment, and impartiality.
 
A well trained and seasoned family and divorce mediator is aware and knowledgeable that there is often unequal power in intimate relationships and structures and guides the mediation appropriately to ensure both parties have an equal role in the mediation process.

The mediation process is completely confidential, which means the mediator shall not divulge the secrets and confidences shared in the mediation sessions.

The parties must enter into the mediation together, freely and willingly. The parties are also encouraged to seek independent legal advice and counsel if they so desire.

The mediator shall disclose and explain to the parties any potential and actual biases and conflicts that may exist.

The mediator shall also discuss with the parties the fee arrangement for the mediation process. 

Why Mediation?

Divorce and family law mediation keeps decision making control in the parties hands instead of the Court determining the terms of your divorce and family law dispute. Mediation also keeps control over the pace of your family law conflict, ratherthan putting the scheduling and on-going decisions in the Court through divorce and family law litigation.

The mediation process also reduces conflict in the home with an eye toward solutions which serve both spouses interests and the best interests of the children.

Mediation creates an atmosphere in which amicable and collaborative problem solving can occur, rather than battling the legal dispute in the Court system. 

Mediation fosters positive communication, facilitates the outcomes you seek, and creates solutions that the family can live with after the divorce or family law dispute is over.

Mediation keeps the children out of the legal battle and spares them the added grief from living through their parents fighting in Court for months - even years. There is already grief from the loss of their family unit.

Mediation is less expensive financially and emotionally. It is less time consuming and reduces the conflict in the household.

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