Why Mediation

MEDIATION looks at divorce as a problem to be solved together.

Mediation validates the emotional strain of divorce and the process of dissolving a marriage or relationship.

At the same time, mediation helps the parties get beyond the hurt to reach an agreement and resolution so all can move forward with their lives.

Mediation helps parties avoid the trauma to children which can and often results when the parties participate in a litigated divorce.

Mediation helps parents continue to parent their children in a cooperative manner to the best of their ability.

Mediation is a process through which the parties can develop a unique plan which works for their family.

Advantages of mediation:

• Good for children
• Substantial cost savings
• Substantial time savings
• Much less stress and trauma
• Confidential.

Research shows that it is not divorce which is so traumatic for children, but how the parents deal with each other through and after the divorce. If parents work cooperatively and come up with a plan to continue to parent their children which is grounded in mutual respect, children will likely thrive and develop into healthy adults.

A HOLISTIC APPROACH to the ending of a marriage or relationship and the beginning of a new future:

Mediation can be used to create a temporary agreement before couples are ready to permanently separate or divorce.

Mediation can be used to help parties post divorce deal with issues such as custody disputes, child support disputes and/or other financial issues.

Mediation does not require that parties be in agreement. Rather it helps people deal with conflict in a more productive, less destructive way which enables them to hear each other and move forward toward a resolution that works for everyone.

Mediation gives the parties control over the decisions which will affect their future and their children’s future.