Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?
Regrettably, many couples often find themselves embroiled in stressful and emotionally draining divorce proceedings in Court, with high-priced lawyers fighting over issues which could been resolved in mediation under the right conditions. Mediation offers a different and more sensible path, where couples remain empowered to make ultimate decisions for themselves.
Divorce mediation is a process where I help the couple identify and focus on resolving issues. The divorce mediation process is most effective when the couple is determined to retain control of the final outcome and not have a judge make their decisions for them. The couple retains the power in the mediation process to decide their future as well as how their children will be raised. Successful mediation requires open communication and the shared understanding of each spouses points of view, perspectives and needs. The ultimate goal of mediation is to foster collaborative and productive dialogue between the participants resulting in an agreement.
I will not take sides, but will remain neutral and impartial. I will never substitute my judgment for yours, nor impose my judgment upon either side. I will facilitate a cooperative and non-hostile environment. I will do my best to ensure that the negotiations are even-handed, with a level playing field, and that each spouses’ views are heard. I help motivate and guide the couple through a comprehensive discussion of each topic, giving them the information and encouragement necessary to resolve each disputed issue until a final marital settlement is reached. Following the initial consultation, divorce mediation takes place in one and a half hour sessions, which are scheduled at mutually convenient times. The number of sessions are based upon the number of issues involved and the amount of time needed to resolve them. The couples’ commitment and dedication to the mediation process can shorten the time needed to resolve disputed issues.