Divorce is one of life's most stressful experiences. The process becomes even more challenging when spouses seek to resolve their issues in a contested way through the court system. However, there are effective ways of resolving these matters in a cost efficient and time saving manner. Mediation makes this possible.
Mediation is conducted by a Mediator who is a trained, neutral, third party. The mediator strives to be balanced and impartial. The role of the mediator is to facilitate communication between the parties, not to impose solutions. Mediators do not take sides nor do they render judgments. The mediator works with both sides to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable resolution.
Instead of leaving the most important decisions in your life up to a judge, mediation makes it possible to maintain control over the decision making process and allows you to design a solution that is specific to your situation. This allows for all involved to walk away satisfied with the outcome of their case.
Mediation provides for great flexibility. Scheduling a mediation is not dependent upon the calendar of the court or limited by the schedules of attorneys. It is determined solely by the convenience of the parties and the availability of the mediator. During a mediation, parties have the option to speak to the mediator privately, in caucus, so every one can be open and honest about all matters
Mediation makes it easier to move forward once a dispute is settled because it is less adversarial than a courtroom divorce. This can be especially helpful in situations where a continued relationship is beneficial to everyone involved - when the parties have children to co-parent or just plan to continue living in the same community.
Michelle's mediation training and experience in family law has prepared her to work with couples interested in resolving their divorce without the expense and stress of litigation.