HOW DOES THE MEDIATION PROCESS WORK?

 

  • Step 1

    Step 1

    Both parties meet with our Mediation team for a free consultation where the mediation process is discussed. All laws are thoroughly explained in a simple, understandable way and all questions and concerns are addressed.

  • Step 2

    Step 2

    The couple meets with the Mediator and the Lawyer for several sessions at the couples’ convenience where both parties discuss all issues and are given numerous options and advice to assist them to settle all issues.

  • Step 3

    Step 3

    After the parties have resolved all issues the Mediator and Attorney will prepare an Agreement (Legal Separation, Stipulation of Settlement for a Divorce, or Mediation Agreement for unmarried couples).  These will be sent separately to both parties.

  • Step 4

    Step 4

    The parties are given as long as they desire to review the Agreement, which contains the understanding previously reached by them during the Mediation process.  The parties have the opportunity to show their Agreement to friends, relatives, attorneys or anyone else they desire.

  • Step 5

    Step 5

    The parties then meet with the Lawyer to review the Agreement in final form and have the Agreement signed which could subsequently result in either a divorce or separation if desired.  Regardless, all are legally binding.

 

Mediation is a non-adversarial “modern family” centered approach.  The goals are to help the couple learn how to communicate and not view each other as adversaries, promote healing and advance the outlook of a more joyful life going forward.