What is mediation?
Mediation is an attempt to settle a legal dispute through active participation of a third party who works to find points of agreement and assist persons in conflict in coming to an agreement that is fair to both of them.
Does using your law firm as a mediator mean that my spouse and I don’t need lawyers?
No, if our office is successful in assisting you and your spouse in coming to a mediated agreement, both you and your spouse need to have independent legal advice before executing the agreement. This will make it more difficult for the agreement to be overturned if one or both of you later decide to challenge the agreement in court.
Does the mediator have the power to make decisions?
The mediator has no power to make a decision. The job of the mediator is to act as a neutral third party to assist persons in disagreement in coming to an agreement. Generally the mediator will use interest based negotiation techniques to assist the parties in arriving at an agreement.
If the mediator has no power to make a decision, why would a person even bother with it?
Successful mediation can keep you and your spouse out of court and can often cost less than a high conflict trial.