We became mediators to help empower our clients—to give them more control over their separations. We believe divorce is, at its heart, a family matter with legal implications. And we have found through years of experience that many couples facing divorce are better served through this neutral negotiation process than by the adversarial, expensive, time-consuming process of a trial.
The mediation process can cover all areas that need deciding on in your divorce. When needed, the mediator will have experts available, such as real estate appraisers when property division is the target or tax experts, if handling taxes is an issue.
Yes. If there is an area, or areas, that cannot be decided on during the mediation process, then, of course, the parties can formalize those areas where agreement was reached and take to court an issue or issues they were not able to reach an agreement on.
In addition, there have been times when a couple has come to us after starting the adversarial process in court. Once they have seen how costly and time-consuming the trial is, they reach out to us and arrange to mediate their remaining issues.
How long mediation takes depends on the issues a particular couple is facing and their complexity. For example, are there properties to value and split? Children for whom custody, parenting time, and support must be decided?
Mediation sessions generally are scheduled for two hours each, and usually at least two sessions are needed even in the most uncomplicated situations.
The cost of mediation depends on the number of sessions needed as well as the issues involved and if the services of outside consultants are needed (appraisers, for example). However, mediation is always far less expensive than the alternative.
Yes. Your mediator is bound by confidentiality. They cannot repeat anything you say during mediation, and they cannot be subpoenaed to divulge any information learned during mediation if you go to court to settle some issues.