What is Mediation?
Mediation is a joint problem-solving process in which a neutral third party, the mediator, helps people address areas of dispute, review alternatives and develop mutually acceptable solutions.
How Does Mediation Work?
The mediator provides an overview of what will happen in mediation and the steps to finalize your agreement in the court.
Mediation provides a safe and impartial environment in which it is easier to communicate.
The parties are assisted in understanding the facts and issues within the framework of the law.
Creative and cost effective solutions are suggested.
Mediation is voluntary and non-binding.
A settlement document containing the agreements between the parties is drafted by the mediator and utilized by the parties’ attorneys to finalize the matter in court.
- Separation & Divorce
- Post-Divorce Issues
- Co-Habitation Agreements
- Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements
- Dissolution of Relationships
- Family Issues, including step-family concerns, step-parent adoption, intra-family conflict
- Elder Law, including Will Disputes
- Specific Dispute before or after suit is filed, by mediation or arbitration
- Labor Dispute
Mediation vs. Litigation
- Mediation generally saves time and money.
- The parties control the decisions rather than an unknown Judge or jury.
- All parties win. The solution satisfies everyone.
- Mediation is confidential.
- The emotional cost of disputes minimized for all involved, including the children.
- Mediation sets the stage for an ongoing relationship between the parties.
- Mediation sets the stage for future amicable resolution of issues.
What are the Costs?
Fees are on an hourly basis shared by the parties, payable at the end of each session. Other time spent, such as drafting or calls, is also billable. The retainer is minimal. Ten sessions (1-½ hours each) are average, but the time required varies with the parties and the issues.