Mediation offers a forward-looking solution to support your family and help you move toward a new future
Agreements that are customized for your needs
In a divorce, the future is full of unknowns: who will keep the family home? How will we share time with our children? Will I be able to retire as planned? In mediation, the answer to these questions remains in your hands. The mediation process empowers couples to craft creative and flexible solutions that meet their own needs. With the support of the mediator to facilitate communication and provide education and guidance, mediation leverages the parties’ expertise to develop agreements that they feel are equitable, fair, and enforceable.
Support for healthy co-parenting
Mediation’s focus on working together to create a plan for the future is especially beneficial to children. Mediation encourages parents to put their children first in developing workable parenting plans, minimizing the adverse impact of the difficult transition to a new family structure. Parents in mediation collaborate as a team to decide what is in their child’s best interest. When appropriate, a referral to a coparenting counselor or child specialist may be desirable to support communication.
Conserve your family’s resources
Because mediation de-escalates conflict, resolutions are reached more efficiently, allowing for significant savings of time and money. Mediation is generally far less expensive than each party hiring their own divorce attorney to litigate the case or to negotiate a settlement agreement. Instead of each party paying their own attorney, both parties share the cost of the mediator. Because the process is streamlined, the number of hours spent in mediation is generally significantly less than in other process options for divorce.
Manage the pace and the process
Mediation is scheduled according to your needs, not the court’s congested calendar. This can reduce strain on the family caused by the prolonged nature of legal proceedings and uncertainty about the future, supporting the emotional health and well-being of each member of the family.