MEDIATION IS A FUTURE-ORIENTED PROCESS
The decision to divorce begins a process of separation which requires facing many practical issues during an emotionally trying time. The mediator helps both parties stay focused on their futures as they address matters important to each of them and their children. Parents who mediate reduce the stress of divorce on themselves and their children
MEDIATION IS FASTER AND LESS EXPENSIVE.
Since one professional advocates for both parties, the cost of mediating a divorce is much less expensive than litigating a divorce, which requires two lawyers. The mediator and both parties are present at every meeting so there are no communications delays or expenses so commonly found in litigated divorces.
MEDIATION IS COOPERATIVE AND PRIVATE.
The process of divorce mediation offers a divorcing couple a structured, private setting which fosters a positive working environment in which they can reach a joint resolution which is fair and beneficial to each of them. Difficult interpersonal issues such as divorce are best solved privately, allowing both parties to maintain dignity. Most people prefer to resolve their divorce and other family matters in private rather than in a courtroom.
is a highly-trained neutral who assists disputing parties in arriving at their own mutually agreeable solutions.
THE MEDIATED DIVORCE ADDRESSES:
• distribution of marital assets
• child support and spousal maintenance
• custody, visitation, and shared decision-making regarding parenting