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Mediation is a highly effective process for settling disputes. This is true for disputes in the workplace, community, and family.
The good news is that approximately 85% of mediations are successful.
When parties come together to negotiate in good faith, they can usually find the best possible resolution for their dispute.
Mediation is a viable alternative to protracted, expensive and destructive litigation.
How Does Divorce Mediation Work?
~ Divorce Mediation is typically completed in 2 to 4 sessions - or 6 to 9 hours.
~ Parties may split the Mediator's fees however they choose.
~ Of course people and circumstances differ so you may or may not fall within the typical timeframe.
~ There is also a 1 to 2 hour charge for the Mediator, outside your session to complete your Marital Settlement Agreement, Parenting Plan, and Child Support Worksheet.
~ Parties are encouraged to consult with other professionals (attorney, financial planner, counselor) throughout the process and/or review their Agreement after completion so that they have a good understanding of the legal and financial consequences of the decisions they've made.
~ Parties may then choose to:
File their own documents online,
use a Legal Document Preparer, or
hire an attorney to file their documents.
Mediation Has Many Benefits
Solutions can be creative in ways that are not possible in litigation.
Solutions are often mutually satisfactory - not simply a compromise.
Mediation is not a win/lose situation, but rather it's about cooperation, accommodation, and mutual respect.
Parties are empowered to create their own resolution rather than have one imposed on them by a judge or arbitrator.
Parties who have reached their own agreement in mediation are generally more likely to follow through and comply with its terms than those whose resolution has been imposed by a judge or arbitrator.
Mediation can provide a safe opportunity for developing negotiating skills, and exercising personal power.
Mediation allows for restoring relationships when desired; and when preferred, it allows for the termination of relationships in an amicable manner
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