Mediation is an extremely effective means of resolving parties' differences in the divorce process and allows a husband and wife, or mother and father, to decide how their court case will be resolved. The process is confidential and the meeting(s) cannot be later used in court to help or hurt either person's position in the case. As a mediator, Lindsay A. Feldman, Esq., is neutral and does not take sides or make judgments.
When you make the decision to get a divorce or separate from the other parent of your child, it is never an easy decision, but the legal process does not have to be difficult, expensive or time consuming. Mediation is an informal process which is held out of the court setting. The primary purpose is to resolve the logistics of a divorce or paternity matter in a manner in which both parties can be satisfied, rather than having a judge tell them how it will be done. As a certified family mediator, it is my job to help you reach an agreement that you will be satisfied with for years to come. Studies have shown that when the parties play a hand in formulating an Agreement, they are more likely to follow that agreement than if someone tells them how things will be done in their own lives.
Mediation is effective not only when the parties agree on every issue but need assistance in ensuring that the Agreement contains all required provisions, but also is very effective in situations in which the parties merely cannot communicate with each other. It is beneficial to the mediation process that both parties have an understanding of the family finances or have statements made available to them. Depending on the complexity of your case, the number of issues and the willingness of the parties to reach an agreement, mediation may only take a few hours!
Benefits of Mediation
- Quick resolution. Parties can mediate prior to filing any court pleadings and if an Agreement is signed, can be divorced in a matter of weeks.
- Disputes remain private.
- The parties control the outcome of their case and are therefore more likely to adhere to the terms of the Agreement.
- Creative and reasonable resolution based on YOUR circumstances, not a template Agreement. One size does not fit all.
- Preserve the relationship of the parties rather than continued fighting through the court, causing more animosity.
- Avoid attorney's fees and costs in many situations, thereby preserving the income and assets.
- Avoid the prolonged emotional toll that court litigation causes on the parties and the children.
Call mediator, Lindsay A. Feldman, Esq., to see how mediation can benefit your family!