Mediation is the preferred form of resolving disputes in family & divorce matters, small business conflicts. and contract disputes. Mediation gives participants control over the outcome.
Mediation is flexible and confidential. In an atmosphere of safety, many options for settlement can be explored and participants are expected to speak respectfully and honestly.
Because mediators cannot be subpoenaed to give testimony in court about the negotiations, there is an atmosphere of freedom throughout the process. A confidentiality agreement is signed by both parties including the mediator.
Mediation costs less money: each spouse spends $800 – 1,000 in our mediation process. It is not unusual to spend $10,000 – 20,000 each in attorney legal fees.
Mediation reduces future conflict: ex-spouses are less likely to go back to court later to fight about the existing order. Mediation resolves conflicts and preserves relationships: spouses retain the most control in a mediated process. Issues that have been exacerbated by lack of communication are often addressed and resolved.
In a litigated divorce, attorneys often advocate aggressively for their clients. Lawyers are skilled in adversarial methods that spouses may not have intended, resulting in further damage to the relationship in terms of respect and communication.
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How does Mediation Work?
Mediation is held in a private setting with both parties present
The mediator reviews ground rules and the mediation process
All participants sign an Agreement to Mediate form before beginning the mediation process
The mediator also asks what each person wants to achieve as an outcome of the mediation
Parties Share, without interruption, their historical perspective of the conflict.