Mediation

mediation

NATURE OF THE PROCESS

An experienced mediator can assist the parties in reaching a divorce agreement when they are unable to work it out between themselves. The mediator does not tell the parties what their agreement should be, but rather helps them focus on their concerns and options so that they can find ways to reach a complete settlement.

BENEFITS

Avoids costs, delays and stress of adversarial system.
Creates environment for effective and fair negotiation.
The mediator can provide useful impartial information.
Assists parties to sort out fair and practical settlement options.
A skilled mediator keeps discussions focused and productive.
Impartial experts can be engaged to assist the process.
Each party is free to obtain advice from his or her attorney.

RISKS

Many differences among mediators as to experience and skills.
Potential imbalance between parties as to financial knowledge.
Communication and control issues may intrude.
One or both spouses may have unreasonable expectations.