What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process where the parties involved in a conflict, with the help of a mediator, work together to reach a mutually acceptable resolution.

How does Mediation work in divorce and custody cases?

Under the mediator’s guidance, the spouses/parents identify the issues that must be decided.The mediator is trained to help clients communicate effectively with each other and share information so that they can work out an agreement that makes sense for the clients. The mediator will meet with the clients together as well as separately, if necessary. Once all issues are resolved, a written agreement is prepared for the clients to review and sign. Either client is of course free to consult with an attorney at any time during the mediation process.

What are the benefits of Mediation versus Litigation?

Litigating a divorce or custody matter is most often a very lengthy and costly process, both financially and emotionally. Court calendars are very crowded and judges have limited time to hear details of each case. Judges often make decisions based on limited and possibly incorrect information and outcomes are unpredictable. There is no confidentiality as court files are public records

Mediation is a more cost-effective method of resolving such disputes. Clients schedule mediation sessions at convenient times and have an opportunity to be heard and ask questions. Since the clients are the decision makers, they control the outcome after discussing fully all the issues. Matters discussed during mediation are confidential so your privacy is protected. In addition, since part of mediation is leaning to communicate better, it is a healthier way to resolve family disputes, especially when children are involved. Even if you are not able to settle all issues tlrrough mediation, it may be possible to reach agreement on some issues before resorting to litigation which will result in less time in court and less legal fees.

To find out more about the Mediation services offered by Holmes & Holmes, please email Rima at rima@holmesandholmes.com