Family mediation means mediation of family matters, including married or unmarried persons, before and after judgments involving dissolution of marriage; property division; shared or sole parental responsibility; or child support, custody and visitation. Often, all of these issues may be mediated in one session although it is not unusual that more than one session could be needed to help both parties gather information and “try on” various solutions before making “final” decisions.
We strive to assist the family members to reduce the amount of stress and avoid unnecessary legal fees. We keep in mind that what you want is for the process to end as quickly and as fairly as possible.
Mediation is designed to help resolve the following issues:
- Equitable distribution;
- Shared parental responsibility (residences and custody)
- Spousal support;
- Child support;
- Grandparent right;
To discover family financial information and aid in completing a financial affidavit;
To help determine percentage of parental involvement;
To assist in agreement concerning child support;
To help in the decision-making process about child health care;
To guide conversations to a mutually acceptable dissolution;
It is the mediator’s ethical responsibility to remain neutral (willing to assist all parties in an equal manner) and impartial (without favoring a particular outcome). A mediator must assist each party equally and remain free from favoritism or bias in word, action or appearance.
The decision about the outcome rests with the parties so the mediator’s task is to help create an environment whereby a realistic solution can be reached and to this end will help the parties to exercise self-determination and responsibility
WITH OR WITHOUT A LAWYER
It is not necessary for you to be represented by an attorney in order to attend family mediation. If your divorce is amicable, you may feel you do not need a attorney but it is very important that you be aware of your rights and we do recommend that you consult a family lawyer.
Nothing that you say in a mediation will be repeated outside the negotiation. It is the ethical responsibility of the mediator to keep secret everything that happens during the mediation process. What you say is protected by law and may not even be repeated in court.
When should you mediate?
Because mediation allows you the forum to air your grievances and to work out resolutions that are acceptable to both parties, you should book the mediation as quickly as possible to get the whole thing over with.