Mediation offers a convenient forum for you and your spouse to dissolve
your marriage without the time and expense associated with a formal court action.
Here's how it works:
You and your spouse retain a mediator together. The parties work jointly
with the mediator to discuss and negotiate specific issues in the case.
Negotiations should be transparent, and the mediator should not consult
with either party privately unless the other party consents.
If either party is uncomfortable with the mediation process, or if you
prefer to let a judge decide how to handle specific issues, mediation
won't be a viable option. However, if you are willing to let a mediator
guide you through the dissolution process, you should consider it first
— before you incur the expense of litigation.
Once you and your spouse jointly interview and retain a mediator, usually
dividing the cost or paying with community funds, the mediator works for
both of you. A mediator is an impartial facilitator whose job is to give
you and your spouse ideas about how to resolve your case and guide you
to an agreement.
The mediator is not your independent advocate, and you should be prepared
to come to each mediation session with your own ideas. A good mediator
won't take sides in your dispute, but she will offer input as to how
both parties might think about bridging an impasse. A mediator's job
is to offer ideas and to act as a problem solver.
Contact us for an initial consultation.