What to Expect from Our Mediation Model
Mediation is an opportunity to come together to talk about the best way to settle the issues in your divorce with a neutral facilitator, who is skillful in how to resolve conflicts. Sometimes there is no conflict to resolve. You may just need guidance on how to navigate the family court system so you can get an amicable divorce. A neutral mediator facilitates difficult conversations. Mediation can help you and your spouse listen to each other and assert your goals and wishes for the future in a safe environment. It is a forward-looking process. We might look at the past, but we definitely don’t stare.
Our mediation approach is informed by our years of family court experience and it is informed by current best practices in conflict resolution. Mediators do not offer legal advice. We facilitate difficult conversations and work with you to achieve your goal of an amicable divorce.
We encourage mediation clients to work with Collaboratively trained divorce lawyers during your mediation. They are there to serve as your personal legal advisor without worrying about large retainers or the lawyers taking your case to court.
While many divorce mediation couples would like to avoid lawyers completely, we believe that legal advice is a necessary part of any divorce. We can help you establish an attorney-client relationship with either a Collaborative Attorney who will work with you on an hourly basis as you need them, or the lawyer with whom you may have already established a relationship.
Since we also believe that divorce is a highly emotional process, as well as a financial one, we can help you find the right support that you may need at the right time.