- Mediate divorce and post-divorce issues without attorneys
- Mediate divorce and post-divorce issues with attorneys
- Mediate custody disputes, including 4-903 hearings
- Mediate paternity matters
- Mediate to stay married
- Mediate to help co-parents
- Draft necessary legal documents to complete divorce paperwork for flat fee
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDIATION?
While a mediator may charge a fee comparable to that of an attorney, the mediation process generally takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels. While a case in the hands of a lawyer or a court may take months or years to resolve, mediation usually achieves a resolution in a matter of hours.
While court hearings are public, mediation is strictly confidential. Only the parties and the mediator know what transpired during mediation. Confidentiality in mediation has such importance that the legal system cannot force a mediator to testify in court as to the content or progress of mediation.
Mediation increases the control the parties have over the resolution. In a court case, the parties obtain a resolution, but the judge or jury dictates terms of the resolution. A judge or jury cannot legally provide solutions to a dispute that often emerge in mediation. Thus, mediation is more likely to produce a result that is mutually agreeable and beneficial to both of the parties.
Because the result is attained by the parties working together and is mutually agreeable, compliance with the terms of the mediated agreement is usually high. This further reduces costs, because the parties do not have to employ an attorney to force compliance with the agreement.
Parties to mediation are typically ready to work mutually toward a resolution. In most circumstances the mere fact that parties are willing to mediate means that they are ready to “move” their position. The parties thus are more amenable to understanding the other party’s point of view and work on underlying issues to the dispute. Often the relationship the parties enjoyed before the dispute can be improved and even preserved.
Mediators are trained to work in difficult situations. The mediator acts as a neutral facilitator, guiding the parties through the process. The mediator helps the parties think “outside of the box” identifying possible solutions to the dispute and broadening the range of available solutions.