Working together to find the best outcome for all involved
Divorce mediation is a process where both parties work with one lawyer who serves as a neutral third party—the mediator—to help them create a mutually acceptable divorce settlement without going to court. It is a voluntary, private, informal, confidential, and cost-effective process for parting couples that are willing to work together, even when there is high conflict and strong emotions.
As a mediator, my role is to help you and your spouse/partner have difficult conversations in a structured and safe environment designed to reduce conflict and encourage cooperation. I walk you through the legal process, explain the law, outline the relevant issues, and assist you in identifying your goals, needs and interests in order to reach a lasting and legally enforceable settlement. My office prepares all of the court required paperwork.
Because mediators are restricted by law from giving legal advice (which means we cannot advise either party as to what their individual “best outcome” might be), each party is strongly advised to work with their own “mediation friendly” consulting attorney to insure that are making fully informed decisions.
Co-mediation, or Integrative Mediation, involves two neutral mediators—professionals who work together with both parties, in the same room. Co-mediation with a neutral mental health professional can be a cost-efficient option for cases where additional support is needed, such as high conflict, substance abuse, domestic violence or mental health issues. Co-mediation with a neutral financial divorce specialist is beneficial and efficient in financially complex cases.