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.
Not only is mediation less expensive and less time-consuming than litigation, but it also is a way to keep family and other sensitive information private. During a mediation, parties have the option to speak to the mediator privately, in caucus, so everyone can be open and honest about all matters. The mediation process is confidential thereby allowing parties to keep their personal information out of the public domain and information shared in caucus also remains confidential.
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.
Divorce is one of the most financially traumatic things you can go through. Money spent on getting mad or getting even is money wasted. –Richard Wagner