Mediation is a voluntary process that helps people considering separation or divorce to resolve their disputes more quickly, and cost-effectively. Participants work with an independent/neutral mediator to identify their issues, develop options, consider alternatives and make decisions about future actions and outcomes.
A mediator is not a decision maker, but rather a neutral third person who supports participants to reach their own decisions. The process allows participants to have a conversation in a safe place knowing issues can be talked about without a judge deciding what’s right or wrong. It’s also a process that can improve understanding within a relationship.
Compared with going to court, mediation is:
• Cost Effective. Less expensive than litigation
• Voluntary. You can stop at any time
• Confidential. Your information is protected
• Less Stress. Spend no or less time in a courtroom
• Expedient. Typically, much quicker than litigation
• Non-Binding. Nothing is binding until both sides agree
• Respectful. Maintains a healthy working relationship
• Control. The parties define the solutions and thus tend to be happier with the results
The parties attending the mediation have the authority to make decisions on any proposed and final settlement may be legally binding, depending on the wishes of the parties.