Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process where two parties sit down to resolve their issues with the help of a neutral third party. This process is very successful in family law matters such as divorce, paternity, custody, child support and parenting plans. Mediation can also be used to assist in probate matters involving elder care decisions. It can be used prior to litigation, during litigation, or instead of litigation. The Courts encourage the parties to make decisions on what’s best for their individual families. A Judge is bound by the law when determining how a divorce should be resolved or how parents should participate in their children’s lives. As such, it should be the parties who make these decisions and mediation empowers the parties to control the outcome. My office offers a comprehensive program complete with both individual and joint sessions to ensure an agreement that coincides with the needs of your family, as well as all-encompassing divorce and parental agreements that can be tailored to your specific situation. Living arrangements, caregiving, medical care, driving and family member participation are all the types of issues that are ripe for mediation.
Whatever the need for resolution, mediation encourages communications between the parties by providing the opportunity for all sides to be heard in a safe and open environment. Often, mediation can be much cheaper than hiring two attorneys to reach an agreement through litigation. It can also help the parties reach settlement much faster than litigation. Each mediation session includes at least one individual session and two joint sessions with the parties. As a mediator, I do not represent either party, I do not take sides, and I do not tell you how to resolve the matter. Confidentiality is key as is cooperation for a successful mediation. Even if the parties are unable to reach an agreement, it is likely the parties will leave the experience with a better understanding of their issues. Contact my office today to discuss whether mediation is right for you.
Collaborative Law has been an available option for settling disputes for over 20 years but has recently started gaining popularity. It is a form of mediation that brings not just the parties and attorneys to the table but also incorporates a coach to help facilitate the discussions and provide one-on-one discussions with the parties to ensure all issues are addressed. In addition, various other experts are brought in, most commonly a financial expert, to help really take a look at the assets and liabilities and figure out how the parties can move forward with two households. The financial expert may also be a person to assist with business evaluations or property assessments. Sounds expensive? Actually, bringing in the necessary experts up front and addressing all concerns in the beginning can save thousands in long-term costs that often occur when attorneys have to go back and forth when parties each want their own financial expert, can’t get past their own anger and grief, and then the cost of drafting, filing, and arguing multiple pleadings. Follow the link below to the Collaborative Law website to see if this is the right choice for you.