What are the benefits of mediation?
Benefits of Mediating your Divorce:
Studies continue to show that mediation results in a fair and reasonable settlement agreement that embodies the goals and needs of each person. Mediation is a voluntary process and is the most cost-effective and time efficient way to resolve your issues. Because mediation offers you both the opportunity and forum to directly discuss and understand: how your finances might be affected, issues relating to fairness surrounding the division of your property and where applicable, cooperative parenting–you avoid the costs, time, and emotional turmoil typically associated with responding to subpoenas, depositions, interrogatories, as well as multiple court appearances. In short, mediation allows you to discuss, decide, and agree for yourselves, while avoiding the time, stress, and costs associated with the protracted battles of traditional litigation. Mediation does not, however, prevent you from consulting with an attorney or other professionals.
Brief overview of the Mediation Process:
During the course of your mediation, as your neutral mediator, I will assist you in identifying those issues and interests that are of most concern to you. I will help you to develop and understand options available to address your issues and interests adequately; and finally I will assist you in developing proposals that will lead to informed and comprehensive agreements. At the first mediation session, I review the mediation process with you, obtain general financial and parenting information from you and review the mediation contract with you. In addition, I give you an overview of the separation/divorce process, explain office polices and provide you with a specific list of the financial and legal documents you must provide prior to the next mediation session. Subsequent mediation sessions may address, among other things: Child custody/support/guardianship (if applicable), Spousal support (if applicable), Division of real estate and personal property, Health and life insurance coverage. The discussions had during the mediation sessions provide the information necessary to draft a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for your review and signature. The MOU will be used as a foundation for the drafting of the Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA). Each party is advised to have the MOU and/or the MSA reviewed by their respective attorney to ensure complete agreement with the terms.