Family mediation is a voluntary process in which you work with professionally trained experts.
Mediators help you negotiate acceptable and mutually beneficial settlements as you face separation, divorce, custody issues and the like. My goal in mediating is to help you resolve your differences. My mediation process promotes your cooperation; reduces suspicion and bitterness; and lessens your tension, anxiety and unhappiness.
As a mediator, I help you identify and understand your economic issues about dividing property, child support and alimony; and child-rearing issues including parenting, education, healthcare and custody. I can help you and your partner recognize the areas where you agree and disagree. My role is to concentrate on the present and future rather than on the past. As you jointly seek reasonable solutions, I can offer ideas about handling your differences. After that, you may you may choose any path you like.
“Mediation helps you have conversations that you cannot easily manage alone.”
In an initial orientation, I assess your and the other party’s commitment to a fair and honest process. And I answer your questions about mediation.
At the end of a successful mediation, I draft a “memorandum of understanding,” which lists the decisions you have made. Each of you hires a lawyer to review the memorandum to assure that your interests are protected. One of these attorneys prepares the final, legally binding agreement and proceeds with your divorce.
Divorcing couples use mediation to resolve issues leading to a comprehensive settlement, including:
- Distributing real and personal property.
- Final divorce settlements.
- Parenting responsibilities during separation and after divorce.
- Post-divorce modifications of court orders or agreements.
- Support of spouse and children.
- Temporary separation agreements.
Families use mediation to resolve conflicts, including:
- Disputes involving moral, ethical and/or financial responsibilities.
- Disputes relating to family-owned businesses.
- Inheritance disputes and contests over wills.
- Non-traditional living arrangements.
- Pre-marital agreements.