Mediation is a way for you and your ex-spouse to work out the terms of the divorce with minimal or no decisions made by a judge. It puts the decision-making and terms in the hands of you and your former partner. Many issues can be resolved through mediation, including:
- Parental responsibilities
- Parental time (i.e. custody and visitation)
- Debt division
- Division of real estate, investments and other assets
- Spousal support
Mediators are neutral third parties. The idea is that the mediator does not have a preference for the interests of one party over the other. If an agreement cannot be reached through mediation, you can rest assured that the sessions were confidential. The mediator cannot talk to the judge or anyone else about what happened during those sessions.
June M. Peterson-Gleason is an experienced mediator from the Law Offices of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. & Associates. Mediation has the following benefits:
- The process is private. Only the people actually involved in the conflict, those who represent them, and those who are needed to resolve the problem should attend.
- Participation is voluntary. No resolution should be forced on any participant. Any resolution is by mutual agreement.
- The people involved control the outcome of the mediation. People are responsible for their conflict and choosing their own solutions.
- Informed choices are made. The people involved must have enough information with which to make informed decisions about their conflict's resolution.
- Mediation is confidential. Others do not need to know about what happens in the mediation unless there are compelling reasons to limit confidentiality and the participants and the mediator agree that it would be beneficial.
June manages the process, but has no stake in or ability to decide the outcome of the dispute. Our mediation attorney:
- Provides a comfortable facility to meet if needed
- Assists with getting the correct people into the meetings
- Manages emotions
- Helps to ease communication
- Provides for the safe, constructive exchange of information
- Reminds the people involved that the agreement must be mutually acceptable
- Reality-tests the plan and, if necessary, documents the agreement
- Keeps the focus on problem-solving
- Teaches negotiation skills
- Ensures the process keeps moving
Call our law firm today to find out if our mediation services can help you resolve the dissolution of your marriage in an efficient, agreeable manner.