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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process whereby a neutral third party facilitates a meeting between the disputants. The mediator’s role is to guide disputants toward cooperative negotiation. This includes helping disputants understand the other party’s perspective and move on to creatively exploring possible solutions for their dispute.

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 the

What Does the Mediator Do?

The mediator facilitates the process so that the parties have every opportunity to brainstorm ideas and then make informed, thoughtful decisions. Mediators do not take sides or decide how a dispute will be resolved. Nor do mediators attempt to find right and wrong. The mediator may suggest possible resolutions, but the parties maintain full control over the outcome, creating solutions which all parties can live with.

Why is Mediation Better Than Going to Court?

Mediation saves time and money and reduces emotional drain. Mediation is a much faster route to resolution than litigation. Parties can often resolve their dispute in a matter of days, or even a few hours, depending on the complexity of the dispute, compared to litigation, which can take years. Participants can divide the mediator’s fees between themselves however they like, versus each party paying an attorney upwards of 200.00 an hour.

Do I Need to Bring an Attorney?

It is not necessary to have an attorney in order to participate in mediation; however either party may choose to do so. The Mediator will ensure that attorney participation does distract from the cooperative nature of the process.

Is Mediation Confidential?

All materials prepared for and matters discussed during mediation are confidential and with few exceptions cannot be used in any subsequent litigation. All information provided to or created by the mediator will be destroyed by the mediator after the conclusion of the mediation.