The Mediation Process

What happens before, during, and after mediation?

 

A mediator does not represent either party. A mediator’s job is to facilitate a complete or partial settlement of the issues raised in the parties’ Family Court litigation.  As a neutral third party, the mediator carefully listens to each party and assists with settlement negotiations in an informal and non-adversarial setting. Parties are encouraged to reach creative solutions which work for unique family dynamics.

Prior to mediation, each party sends information to the mediator that he or she would like for the mediator to review.  This assists the mediator in framing the issues and allowing her to have a preliminary understanding of the issues to be addressed in mediation.

At the mediation session, litigants are able to freely share information and concerns with the mediator in a confidential setting and work toward a plan which allows them to settle issues rather than engaging in more litigation. After working with each party to reach an agreement, the mediator prepares a document memorializing the agreement.  The parties may then present their agreement to a Family Court Judge to be made an enforceable Order of the court.

 

Mediations may be conducted in half day or full day sessions.

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