When you choose mediation to resolve family matters surrounding marriage, cohabitation and the breakdown of a relationship at our firm you are choosing to…
- Work with a neutral person to facilitate the difficult conversations about the issues that you care about most;
- Work with an experienced family mediator who knows the issues you need to address on separation, marriage or cohabitation;
- Work together, with help, to create a balanced agreement that works for you and your family.
How does mediation work?
Family mediation is a voluntary process where the parties negotiate a balanced agreement to resolve all of the issues arising from their family matters with the assistance of a neutral facilitator. The mediator will not take sides, nor provide legal advice. The mediator will provide legal information and a forum, based on experience and expertise, to help parties work their way through the negotiation of their agreement.
There are different kinds of family mediation, and what worked for another family may not work for you.
Evaluative mediation is a kind of mediation where your mediator will evaluate all of the claims you are making and provide options for resolution based on what you could expect in law. This is the kind of mediation where parties may expect to prepare mediation briefs setting out the facts as they see them, their goals and their proposals to resolve the issues.
Facilitative mediation is a form of mediation where your mediator will facilitate dialogue with all parties about what is important to you, and help you work toward creating an agreement based on your unique interests and goals (while still within the parameters of family law). Mediation briefs are often not encouraged.
You may choose to have your lawyers present in mediation, or you may attend without lawyers. Attending without lawyers if often less expensive although it is important to obtain independent legal advice before signing an agreement. Sometimes your mediator may suggest that lawyers attend at one or more mediation session with you for a variety of reasons in an effort to move the process forward efficiently.
There are many reasons why people choose family mediation to resolve their family disputes…