Mediation in family law, as opposed to private representation, is a non-adversarial process where the mediator assists parties in reaching out of court agreements on issues such as asset and debt division, child and spousal support, child custody, and child visitation.  Mediation can be appropriate in dissolution of marriage actions, legal separation actions, and child custody/visitation issues between unmarried parents.  During the mediation process, the mediator is a neutral, third party that provides information on the applicable law and helps the parties resolve their issues through agreements.  Mediation is often more cost-effective, efficient, and productive than litigation.  Other benefits to mediation include creative solutions, confidential environment, control over outcomes, and improved communication between the parties.  A neutral mediator does not take sides, but rather is concerned with protecting everyone’s rights and best interests.  As the mediator we combine knowledge of family law and courtroom experience to help parties reach a mutually agreeable resolution.

If you answer yes to some or all of the following statements, mediation might be appropriate for you and your case:

  • There has not been domestic violence between you and the other party;
  • You want to avoid court and court appearances;
  • You want to resolve your matter quickly and efficiently;
  • You want to resolve your matter in a cost effective manner;
  • You feel comfortable expressing your views to the other party;
  • You feel that you and the other party are on an equal playing field in most discussions;
  • There exists a level of trust between you and the other party;
  • You feel that with the help of a third party you can communicate with the other party
  • You want to reach creative solutions outside of court;
  • You want assistance with being guided through the process and the applicable law;
  • You want to maintain an amicable relationship with the other party;
  • You want to feel empowered through reaching your own agreements;
  • You want a more comprehensive and customized agreement and;
  • You want a more predictable outcome

Perhaps some, all or none of these apply to you, and that is perfectly normal. We are here to help guide and advise you and will happily discuss your concerns to determine if private mediation is the right fit for you.