What is Mediation?
Mediation is a respectful, informal and productive way to solve disputes away from court. In this voluntary process, our team of lawyers helps people develop mutually acceptable solutions, while ensuring that each person’s voice is heard and what matters most is addressed.
What is a Mediator?
Mediators are professionals trained to act as neutral, third-party facilitators.
What role does the Mediator play?
Your mediator will act as a realistic and impartial sounding board and is an expert in helping people experiencing a dispute or challenges coming to a resolution to communicate better and generate a solution that is acceptable to everyone involved.
The Mediator’s role is not to give legal advice, to take sides or make recommendations, but rather to help explore the issues and find solutions. The Mediator helps to provide a safe environment and offers options and suggestions during the process which helps the parties reach an agreement. It is helpful for the parties to obtain legal advice before embarking on mediation. Parties can bring their lawyers with them to mediation; however, this is not required.
What is the goal in Mediation?
The goal of mediation is to reach terms for an agreement that will be incorporated into a “Memorandum of Understanding”. It is this document that will be used to prepare a legally binding Separation Agreement.
Mediation allows the parties to resolve their conflict in a way that works best for them.
How does Mediation work?
The first step in the mediation process is for both parties to come in and have an information session and/or intake, tailored to them, to discuss the process, advantages, disadvantages and to determine if this is the right approach for them.