Mediation is a flexible and confidential conflict resolution process that allows a divorcing couple to remain in control with regard to the decisions about their future, their family and their assets. As a neutral third party, we help couples communicate effectively, brainstorm creative options, reality test ideas for longevity, facilitate empathy, and stay focused.
What is Mediation?
- Confidential – Conversations and materials that occur during the mediation process are generally not admissible in any future court or other contested proceeding, with the exception of a final, signed mediated agreement. Your mediator will describe the extent and exceptions to mediation confidentiality.
- Unbiased, neutral and safe – Your mediator has an equal responsibility to support both parties without favor or bias. The role of your mediator is to assure a voluntary and informed agreement that is not a result of coercion, manipulation or harassment.
- Cost-effective – Divorce mediation is the most cost effective means of conflict resolution rarely exceeding $5,000; however, litigation averages $30,000 per spouse and collaborative divorce averages $15,000 per spouse.
- Cooperative – All parties are driven to reach a desirable win-win outcome.
- Well-informed – Full transparency allows parties to incorporate other expertise including, but not limited to, legal and financial experts. Participants retain a wide breadth of resources and hold the ultimate decision making power.
- Autonomous – You are an active participant in the decisions that shape your future. You can cease mediation at any time with or without reason.
- Satisfaction – Because participants have had an intimate role in the resolution agreement, satisfaction and compliance rates are much higher for mediation than litigation.
- Swift – Divorce mediation is accomplished swiftly with an average of 4-12 targeted mediation sessions, depending on complexity. Sessions are spread over weeks or months depending on the needs, motivation and schedules of the parties.
Divorce Mediation Topics
- Distribution of Property (Assets/Liabilities)
- Child Custody and Parenting Plan
- Child Support
- Retirement distribution
- Taxes & insurance
- Debt repayment