Mediation is a voluntary, private settlement process designed to help divorcing parties reach well-informed and mutually acceptable agreements. Divorce mediation offers several advantages over the traditional adversarial/court battle process, including:
My goal in mediation is to help parties clarify their disputes, communicate clearly, determine their needs and interests, consider options for settlement, and reach fair agreements. Parties are encouraged to enter mediation with ideas about their children and their children's needs and be prepared to negotiate with each other about these needs. Written agreements are prepared where appropriate or desired.
In general, mediation will be confidential. If a settlement is reached, I will provide the necessary paperwork to turn the agreement into a court order. If a settlement is not reached, I may make specific recommendations to the parties, but will not make recommendations to the courts.
As a first step, I like to meet with both parties together for a one-hour informational meeting. The goal of this meeting will be to offer information about the mediation process, obtain a brief description of your family situation, and answer questions. Clients who decide to enter into mediation will need to review and complete the following forms: