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How it works

What is Mediation?

 Mediation is a process where spouses meet with a neutral party (mediator/attorney) to facilitate a conversation about issues while guiding toward mutually satisfactory resolutions.

Mediation Advantages:

Less Conflict: The mediation process is designed to reduce conflict by having sessions in a calm
setting with a neutral mediator facilitating the conversation. Not only does this reduce conflict
throughout the mediation process, it also creates space for parties to enjoy positive
relationships with others after the process is over.

Saves money and time: Mediation is a cost-effective strategy compared to the traditional
litigation process. Mediation is usually a fraction of the price of litigation, less emotionally
taxing on families and much faster than the traditional adversarial process which can take
months and sometimes years for a final resolution.

Flexible: Unlike the structured court system, mediation sessions are highly flexible. Sessions are offered in-person and virtually, during the day as well as early evenings depending on the needs of the parties. This flexibility is helpful for families with work schedules and child care schedules.

Voluntary: The mediation process is voluntary. The mediator as a neutral cannot impose an
agreement on the parties. Instead, the parties are free to craft a resolution that works best for their needs with a mediator guiding them toward possible solutions.

More Control: Mediation increases the control that parties have in the resolution of their case. Unlike the court system where final resolution lies in the hands of a judge or jury, mediation provides a process where parties can resolve their issues in a way that is mutually agreeable.

Confidentiality: While court hearings are open to the public, mediation sessions are private
and confidential.

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