Family mediation can put some of the concerns about separation, divorce and reducing worry for your children at ease. If you are experiencing any of the following, family mediation could be your best solution:
coming to agreements on divorce, child support, or custody
issues with, or unable to agree on time-share schedules
divorce without court date or attorney
getting obligated to pay school activities without your consent
sabotage of parent/ child relationship by your ex
judge doesn't award parental privileges you deserved
Feeling anxious when your child goes to visit the other parent is normal. But coming to agreement in mediation over parental rights and everyday life for you and your children can be more than a challenge.
Whether you are feeling anxious, afraid for your child, or just want more control over legal decisions made for your child or during your divorce,
family mediation may be the best option for you.
FAQs about Family Mediation
Do I have to have an attorney to utilize mediation services?
No, mediation is for individuals who are represented by an attorney as well as those who are pro se. If you do not have an attorney, this may be the best option for you. You will have a neutral party to facilitate the process, provide suggestions, and ensure you understand any decisions you make.
Does a mediator provide legal advice?
No. As a neutral and impartial party, a mediator is unable to provide advice however, can provide suggestions.
Is mediation only for child custody issues? What about alimony, distribution of assets or other divorce issues?
Mediation can be used for any type of dispute. Mediation of the issues related to the family matters include divorce settlement, distribution of assets and finances, alimony, child support, time share, school activities, etc.
Is mediation binding?
No, when using the mediation process, if you decide you do not like the mediation outcome, you do not have to agree and you can go to court. In mediation, you also have the option of making partial agreements. Anything agreed to in mediation, is written down, signed by both parties, and is submitted to the courts to become a binding contract.
Is mediation less expensive than the traditional court process?
Yes, mediation is less expensive than lawsuits or court, it is a much quicker process. Costs of mediation are usually split between the two parties, unless other agreements have been made. Please call our office to learn more about our rates for mediation services.
What is the success rate of mediation?
Mediation has high success rates as both parties are able to come together confidentially and freely express their wants and needs in front of a neutral party. Individuals have the opportunity to “get things off their chest”, hear the other persons’ side, and get some, if not all disputes resolved.