Mediation is a voluntary and informal out-of-court process where you and your spouse meet together with an impartial attorney mediator who guides you through settling all issues related to your separation and/or divorce.
Divorce Mediation will help you:
In Mediation, you and your spouse will meet with one neutral attorney who will help you discuss and resolve the issues you need to settle to get divorced. If you feel comfortable discussing your own needs and concerns in an informal setting, with full voluntary sharing of information, and can work in good faith with your spouse, Mediation is an excellent process for reaching a comprehensive agreement on all issues.
Achieve Your Goals
The mediator guides clients through a complete examination of the issues necessary to reach settlement. With a deep understanding of what is important to each spouse, and full financial information, clients discuss options to meet their goals and reach fair, workable settlements.
Take Care of Your Family
Decisions made by judges and/or litigation counsel tend to be common, one-size-fits-all solutions which may or may not meet your family’s needs. Instead, with Mediation you can more easily delve into what will work best for your family to find personalized solutions with long-lasting effectiveness.
Save Money By Working With a Neutral Attorney Mediator
In Mediation, the majority of the work is done with one professional who, as a neutral, helps to balance your perspectives and find common ground. By working together to make decisions with one professional, Mediation can save you money and time.
The Role of the Consulting Attorney in Mediation
While attorneys do not typically attend Mediation sessions, many clients find it valuable to work with an attorney, on an “as-needed” basis, to provide legal guidance during the Mediation process. At a minimum, at the end of the process, we strongly recommend that you retain independent counsel to review the draft settlement agreement on your behalf. Working with consulting attorneys in Mediation ensures the fairness of the process and the durability of the agreement.
Mediation clients often find it helpful to work with the following divorce professionals:
Financial Professionals can help:
- Gather financial information and develop the economic picture
- Evaluate marital assets
- Develop different financial scenarios for you to evaluate
- Clarify the tax consequences of alternate solutions
- Examine the long term impact, including retirement concerns, of alternate solutions
Divorce Coaches can help:
- Develop and reinforce effective communication skills
- Work with the emotional dynamic to allow for different ways of talking to and hearing each other
- Develop effective co-parenting skills
Child Specialists can help:
- Provide guidance about how to talk to your children about separation and divorce
- Bring the concerns and needs of your children into the process
- Create a parenting plan that meets your family’s needs
- Clarify differing parenting values and help you work together for the benefit of the children