Family Mediation Services
Family Mediation can assist divorcing parents create cooperative parenting plans and financial arrangements that promote the best interests of their children and themselves. Mediation provides a healthier forum for communication between parents so that they can better achieve their shared goal of promoting their children’s welfare and coming to a mutually agreeable settlement.
Through Mediation, divorcing parents can work out a voluntary settlement. These settlements have proven to be not only more acceptable than those forced by litigation, but are also more practical, economical and likely to endure.
Family Mediation Process
Referrals for mediation can be made personally by the client, by the client’s lawyer or by the Court.
During mediation the Family mediator will first meet separately with each of the divorcing parents to obtain information on the circumstances of the situation and to determine what each of the parties want from mediation.
The mediator will then continue to meet with the parties separately, and in some cases together, to develop a mutually agreeable settlement arrangement for the children, family finances, and family property.
After coming to a mutual agreement, each of the parties takes the agreement to their own lawyer to receive comments and advice from the lawyer. If the agreement remains acceptable to all parties then the lawyers will finalize the arrangements.