What is Divorce Mediation?

Family Mediation is an informal and confidential process in which a married couple or former spouses voluntarily participate in a joint effort with the mediator to negotiate the framework which will govern the future of their family. The mediator will facilitate the communication and negotiation between the parties, address challenges and guide the parties to fashion a settlement. The parties and their attorneys know the family situation and are far better able to make decisions about the family in mediation than in a courtroom.  

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LITIGATION OF A DIVORCE AND MEDIATION OF A DIVORCE?

DIVORCE COURT: Lengthy process and time consuming

DIVORCE MEDIATION: You determine the schedule and the issues

DIVORCE COURT:  Hearings are often quick and restricted by the rules of evidence

DIVORCE MEDIATION: You have time to tell your story and consider how a decision will impact your family

DIVORCE COURT:  Rulings are often unpredictable

DIVORCE MEDIATION: You have a part in controlling the outcome, which will make the terms easier to live with and more likely to be followed

DIVORCE COURT: Costly

DIVORCE MEDIATION: Cost-effective. You can achieve in one day what would typically take months of uncertain litigation.

DIVORCE COURT: Adversarial and stressful lawsuit with the person you married  

DIVORCE MEDIATION: Therapeutic and healing process, sets the tone for the family after the lawyers go away