What is mediation? Mediation is an informal negotiation held between spouses, facilitated by a neutral third party who is trained in helping couples with respectful communication. The mediator does not decide the outcome of the case, but rather supports the parties in communicating with one another to reach a resolution between the two of them. The mediator will never provide you legal advice, but the mediator will inform you what decisions must be made in order to resolve the issues of the case. The mediation process is voluntary and confidential.
Our Attorney Mediator is trauma informed and trained in emotional de-escalation techniques. She specializes in bringing families to the table to communicate and come to agreements on the issues at hand. At the conclusion of the mediation, if an agreement is reached, she will draft the legal documents for filing with the court.
No. The attorney-mediator will not provide legal advice to either party. The attorney-mediator’s role is to serve as a neutral. Part of this role as a neutral does include education about what issues need to be discussed, but she will not tell you how to decide those issues.
No. The mediation process is strictly confidential, meaning nothing about the mediation will leave the mediation room. The mediator will not provide her notes, and the mediator will not testify in court about what happened in mediation.
Yes, that is always the goal of the attorney-mediator. She encourages the parties to be in the same room to discuss the issues in a candid, honest way. However, our attorney-mediator recognizes that this is not always possible. If needed, the attorney-mediator will go between rooms (virtual or in-person) to mediate the case.
No. The attorney-mediator is precluded from representing either party in court during or after mediation.
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