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Our practice offers mediation and co-parenting consultative services to couples who are navigating through the separation, divorce, and post-divorce process.

What is Co-parenting Mediation?

Co-parenting mediation helps separated and divorced parents recognize and respect that they each have a unique role to play in the care and development of their children. The process is future oriented and child focused, and enables parents to develop a parenting partnership that is sufficiently cooperative to allow the bonds of kinship to prevail long after the divorce agreement is finalized.

Our co-parenting mediation will help you to:

  • separate marital issues from parenting responsibilities
  • create new boundaries and expectations
  • craft a shared parenting agreement
  • learn new ways to handle conflict
  • develop a unique co-parenting partnership

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation is a conflict resolution method whereby an impartial mediator assists the spouses in order to help them negotiate a fair agreement which is entered upon their own free will. Its main purpose is to help negotiate a viable agreement meeting the needs of each family member.

The Three Phases Of The Mediation Process

1. Assessment of the situation
2. Negotiation
Needs of the parents and of the children
Exploring options
Analyzing options
Choosing the solutions
3. Drafting of the agreement

The Role Of The Mediator

As mediators we ensure that each spouse totally and freely communicates his or her needs to the other to allow for a fair and enlightened base for the negotiation. We also ensure that the children’s needs are taken into consideration by the parents during the negotiation process.

Advantages Of Family Mediation

  • encourages the development of a collaborative post-divorce coparenting relationship
  • facilitates a cooperative decision-making process
  • enables the spouses to craft agreements tailored to their specific needs on issues of: alimony, child support, division of property, child custody and visitation arrangements
  • less costly than litigation
  • confidential and private
  • informal and non-adversarial
  • discourages escalation of anger
  • promotes creative options and solution development

Mediation Sessions

During the assessment consultation, we will provide you with some information about the mediation process and will help you define your individual and collaborative goals. Rules for mediation sessions will be described and questions answered. If the parties agree to mediate, we may begin the mediation or schedule a subsequent appointment.

We will create a schedule with you for each of the forthcoming meetings; for instance, on one day you may discuss division of property and on another day, the financial support of the children. Your attorney may be present throughout the mediation process, and you may feel free to consult with your attorney at any time during the negotiation.

At the conclusion of the mediation, we will write down the specific points on which you and your spouse have agreed. However, nothing that was said or written during the mediation will be revealed. Mediation sessions are confidential and may not be used as evidence in a court of law. Within one week of your final mediation session, we will mail or fax you a Memorandum of Understanding which will detail your specific agreement. Your attorney will carefully verify this memorandum and put it into a legal form which will be filed by the court.

 

 

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