What is Mediation?
Mediation is a structured process in which an impartial person, the mediator, facilitates communication between the parties to promote a settlement.
How is Mediation different than having a hearing before a Judge?
Unlike going to court, the parties are empowered to decide the outcome of their case instead of putting that deciding power into the hands of a Judge/Jury. In a court hearing you and your attorney present your testimony and evidence to a Judge/Jury. The Judge/Jury decides the outcome of the case.
Mediation on the other hand involves a mediator who helps the parties facilitate an agreement. If the parties cannot come to an agreement, they are not bound by anything. If the parties do sign a full or partial agreement in mediation, then the parties are bound to what was agreed to. This agreement is called a “Mediated Settlement Agreement”.
Why should I consider Mediation?
- Mediation is effective in helping to avoid the expense and time required for litigation.
- The mediation process can be a starting point for rebuilding and strengthening relationships.
- Mediation gives the parties the time and space to speak candidly about their case to the mediator
- Mediation allow the parties to craft a uniquely tailored plan and think outside of the box
- Unlike going to court, the parties are empowered to decide the outcome of their case, instead of putting that deciding power in the hands of a Judge
What are your fees for Family Law Mediations?
Half-Day Mediation for Family Law – 4 hours
- $500 total fee (split per parties’ agreement and/or split per court order)
- Morning sessions begin at 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. & Afternoon sessions being at 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.*
Full-Day Mediation for Family Law – 8 hours
- $1000 total fee (split per parties’ agreement and/or split per court order)
- Beginning at 9:00 am – 5:00 pm*
*beginning time adjustable upon request