At Buck & Fish Ltd., we believe that avoiding the court room during your divorce has many benefits. Most importantly, you and your family will be better off for many years ahead. One of the divorce processes that will keep you out of the court room is known as mediation.
Benefits of mediation include:
- Mediation gives you increased control over the outcome of your divorce.
- Mediation is a safe, confidential process.
- Mediation enables creative problem-solving.
- Mediation allows for solutions that are tailored to your unique goals.
- Mediation helps build consensus with the help of a skilled neutral.
- Mediation tends to be less expensive than traditional divorce.
- Mediation reduces conflict to create positive impact on long term relations with children and family.
- Mediated resolutions tend to be more mutually satisfying and enduring.
- Mediation allows you to consult your attorney before making binding agreement.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process in which you and your spouse to work together to attain resolution of issues with assistance from a skilled neutral. Mediation can be used to solve a single issue or all issues in an entire case. The process can be used to resolve issues within divorces or issues that arise after the divorce. The process is controlled and confidential to help you and your spouse feel comfortable to consider options freely.
The mediator does not take a side or advocate for you or for your spouse. The mediator’s primary purpose is to work with the two you and help you to work toward agreements. The mediator cannot give legal advice to either of you. However, if the mediator is an attorney, he/she can provide general legal information to you together.
Mediation typically occurs during a series of scheduled sessions that each last a few hours. The sessions are scheduled at your convenience. By engaging in multiple sessions, you can carefully consider your options and take the time that you need to make decisions and feel settled in them. After each session, the mediator will note the agreements made, so that neither of you will forget them.
What is the Mediator’s Role?
The primary goal of the mediator is to help you and your spouse come to an agreement that is satisfactory to both of you:
- The mediator will help you and your spouse to identify areas of agreement and those in dispute.
- The mediator will facilitate effective communication and negotiation to help you to come to agreement.
- The mediator will provide a safe environment for meaningful discussion.
- The mediator will help all parties involved manage their emotions;
- The mediator will work to make sure that both you and your spouse are heard and helps keep a level balance of power between you and your spouse.
- The mediator will assist you and your spouse to investigate various options and alternatives in order to resolve disputes.
- The mediator will help you and your spouse brainstorm ideas when you are both stuck during negotiations.
- You and your spouse always have the option of bringing your attorneys to the mediation.
If you think that mediation may work for you, we can help. Please contact the attorneys Buck & Fish Ltd. today.