In addition to my law practice
I am a mediator certified by the Association for Conflict Resolution. Couples also have the option to mediate before becoming involved in the court process.
In mediation, two disputing parties discuss the issue with a neutral third party (the mediator). The mediator facilitates communication between the parties and helps them reach a mutually acceptable decision. The mediator does not decide the case or make final judgments. Rather, the disputing parties negotiate their own outcome with the assistance of an unbiased mediator.
Oftentimes, a divorcing couple will attend mediation for issues involving their children and the division of their assets. Mediation is a very cost-effective and mutually beneficial process; the couple can decide their own future and not leave an inequitable decision solely up to a judge. Even after the divorce is finalized, the couple can return to the mediator to deal with concerns that might arise, such as revising the parenting plan or sharing college expenses.
Finally, mediation is cost–effective. Rather than engaging in a lengthy court battle and spending money on opposing lawyers appearing in court on a regular basis, the parties can spend time mediating their dispute with a neutral third party. After an agreement is reached, papers are filed in court to finalize the agreement. This course of action saves time, money, and the aggravation associated with multiple court appearances and motion filings.