Mediation for Families in Dispute
Mediation could be the solution when you are struggling to communicate and have issues that need to get resolved. Mediation is cost effective, timely and client controlled.
What is Mediation? Mediation is a voluntary, non-adversarial process involving a trained, impartial third party mediator. The parties, not the mediator, make the decisions. The mediator is the facilitator. The outcome is a voluntary settlement reached by the parties themselves. Mediation can be effective when conflict and anger are high and communication has broken down.
A mediator can help with all aspects of a divorce or certain topics that parties struggle over during the divorce process or post divorce including:
– Asset Division (home, retirement accounts, possessions, etc.)
– Custody (parenting time schedules, transportation, transition, etc.)
– Co-Parenting (child rearing, discipline, education, etc.)
Mediators do not make decisions for you, provide therapy, provide legal representation or perform legal services for divorcing people. Rather a mediator devotes her energy to helping the parties obtain a fair agreement.
What is a Parenting Time Expeditor (“PTE”): A PTA is a neutral person authorized to use a mediation/arbitration process to resolve parenting disputes. The PTE will ask for input from both parents and will facilitate negotiations between the parties to reach an agreement. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the PTE can make a binding decision based on the information provided.
What are the Benefits of Mediation?
- Helps parties to exchange views and information
- Focuses attention on the children and in doing what is best for the children
- Helps reduce conflict and hostility
- The position of the other party is not filtered through lawyers
- The parties have more control over the outcome
- Allows the parties to take charge of their lives and design a plan for their future that will be good for themselves and for their children
- Hard bargaining tactics are avoided
- Can make termination of a relationship more amicable and less traumatic
- A mutually acceptable solution lets both parties be winners and respect each other
- Can and should make post divorce relations easier
- Children of parents who mediate usually adjust better to their parent’s divorce
- Presents a cooperative model for addressing future changes in the lives of the children
- Statistics indicate that over 80% of all mediations result in settlement
For a consultation to determine if Mediation is right for you, contact Heart Law at 651-337-1333 or email at Angela@heartlaw.net.