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Mediation is a confidential process in which a neutral third party works with the parties to reach a settlement.

Our experienced family law attorneys assist you in the process as all cases must go through the mediation prior to being set for any hearing before a judge. Although the mediator will discuss the relative merits of each party's position or may even suggest various solutions, the mediator lacks the power to force a solution or decision — the parties themselves maintain the ultimate control over the settlement.

Many cases do settle during mediation, with the parties being able to fashion an agreement which works best for their unique situation. When this agreement is reduced to writing, and signed by both parties, it will be submitted to the Court for approval and will be enforceable.

Couples who are headed for a trial date may be ordered by the court to go through mediation before that date is set, however mediation can also be voluntary. If the couples are unable to resolve their issues through mediation, they are free to pursue any other remedies they choose.

children and divorce

Mediation is Better for Children

Mediation is generally better for the children involved, as it allows the couple to make decisions which are in the best interests of the entire family in a non-contentious manner.

Children can be damaged by hearing their parents argue and say things to one another children should not hear.

Many parents who end up litigating their divorce are not hesitant to say ugly things about the other parent in front of the children.

Parents who make a conscious decision to mediate their divorce, are also more likely to be aware of ensuring the children are not privy to contentious behavior between the parents.

Mediation is a cost-effective way to finalize a family law matter, and is often the last opportunity the parties will be afforded to have the final say in the outcome of their individual matter.

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