What is mediation?

Mediation can be used for your divorce or to modify a prior court order. The parties negotiate a mutually agreeable settlement with the help of a neutral third party mediator who is experienced in family law and mediation. The parties each present their concerns and positions about various issues and the mediator facilitates negotiations between the parties. Parties may participate in mediation with their attorneys if both sides are represented. Mediation may last one or more sessions depending on the issues at hand, the complexity of the case and how much progress is being made. At the end of the mediation session(s), the agreement is drafted, the parties sign the agreement and the Court will review and approve it. Once the Court has approved the agreement, it is a Court order that both parties must abide by. Mediation allows each party to have control over the outcome of the case rather than requesting a Judge to make orders in their case.