Mediation is a way for people who have a dispute to talk about their problems and concerns and make decisions about the dispute with the help of another person (called a mediator).
A mediator is not allowed to decide who is right or wrong; or propose how to resolve your dispute as mediators cannot provide legal advice.
In mediation, you can try to find solutions that make sense to you and your spouse (or future ex-partner) in the dispute to resolve some or all of your concerns.
While the goal is to try to resolve issues, you may decide that it would be better not to reach an agreement, or to reach a partial agreement. Sometimes emotions can be driving the dispute, which can make it difficult to talk to the person or party with whom you are in dispute.
A mediator can help facilitate communication. The mediator is there as a neutral person to help focus on resolving your dispute; however, the mediator is prohibited from providing therapy, financial advice, or legal advice.
Even if you have already tried to talk it out or negotiate with the other or party, a mediator can help you and the other party listen to each other and keep you focused. A mediator is there to help both sides communicate and explore possible solutions. If you and the other party get stuck, the mediator can sometimes help restart the conversation in a new way and help everyone take another step forward.
The important thing is to remember that you have to be prepared to go to mediation. You and your future ex should exchange financial information before mediation so that you can make an informed decision, knowing in advance what each person’s income is, expenses, assets, and debts.
Our practice areas include: divorce, paternity, child support, modification and enforcement of orders, relocation, domestic violence, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, high-asset divorces, and marital property division.
If you have questions about your rights in the event of a family law issue, or are considering getting a divorce, contact Dana Pechersky’s Law Office at 954-529-2057.