What is Mediation?
Mediation is an alternative method of dispute resolution, which is available to parties undergoing separation, divorce or custody issues. Mediation is different than traditional divorce or custody litigation, because the parties work together to decide between themselves what is best for them and their children.
In traditional divorce litigation, the parties are adversaries and the decision is left in the hands of the master or judge. In Divorce or Custody Mediation, the mediator does not act as an advocate or a judge, rather, the mediator helps the parties work together to decide on their own how to resolve their differences.
Parties can mediate issues relating to separation, divorce or custody, such as: co-parenting arrangements, custody schedules, custody support, spousal support, division of property and co-habitation agreements. The mediator will work with the parties to resolve their differences and prepare a written agreement for the parties to sign.
The parties may bring their agreement to independent counsel before the agreement is signed. If corrections or changes are needed and both parties agree, then the mediator will make the changes. The agreement may take effect immediately upon signing and will legally govern the parties until they decide to divorce. Once the parties decide to divorce, the agreement can be incorporated into the divorce decree.