What is Family Mediation?
Family mediation is a process where an neutral third person, the mediator, helps people negotiate with one another to resolve issues relating to parenting, divorce, or issues that arise after a divorce.
The mediator can:
Help parties discuss parenting time and responsibilities.
Facilitate discussion of assets and liabilities, including property and businesses, and spousal support, if any.
Allow each party the opportunity to communicate his or her concerns to the other party.
Encourage the parties to explore alternative ways to resolve problems.
Help parties negotiate an agreement satisfying to both.
Encourage parents to use problem-solving skills in the future to address issues and deal with conflict.
What is Supervised Visitation?
Supervised visitation allows parents in high conflict or high risk situations access to their children in a safe and supervised environment. The noncustodial parent has access to the child only when supervised by another adult. Supervised visitation is used to protect children from potentially dangerous situations while allowing parental access and providing support for the parent child relationship.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Why use Mediation for Parenting, Divorce, and Post Divorce Issues?
Mediation has many advantages that
litigation does not have.
• In mediation, parties keep control over the outcome and solutions. They are familiar with issues unique to their family. Parents are able to focus on the needs of their children.
• Mediation is confidential and private.
• Disputes can be settled promptly. Mediation can be scheduled as soon as both parties agree to use mediation, even before legal papers are filed.
• Parties are able to reduce the emotional trauma for the family that divorce litigation can produce.
• Settlement in mediation is entirely voluntary. While the courts may order you to try mediation, either party or the mediator may end mediation at
• Mediation costs are usually significantly less than trial costs.
• Parties are more likely to comply with voluntary agreements that meet their needs.