What is Mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary and cooperative process in which two or more parties involved in a dispute work with an impartial party, the mediator, to generate their own solutions in settling their conflict.
This process allows you to maintain control of your life, and keep your dignity and respect in the process.
Unlike a judge or an arbitrator whose decisions subject one party to win and the other party to lose, mediation is about finding a solution that works for both parties.
Any conflict can be mediated. No topic is too big or too small to resolve through the mediation process.
The role of the Mediator
The mediator’s role is to facilitate communication between the parties and offer suggestions without imposing solutions. Mediators do not advise independently, take sides or render a judgment. Instead, the mediator will work with all the parties to help them reach a mutually acceptable resolution.
What Does Mediation Cost?
Mediation is a highly cost-effective alternative to litigation. We offer a free consultation to explain our services and benefits, as well as offer an estimate of costs based on the specifics of your situation. Mediation saves time, money, and energy and can dramatically reduce trauma.
Mediation is frequently less than one-quarter of the cost of traditional divorce and may be completed in four to six months rather than the average of one to two years. Attorneys typically require large retainers of $5,000 – $20,000 per person for litigation. The time-consuming nature of litigation often leads to further escalating costs. There are often post-divorce litigation proceedings that continue the high costs and increased emotional trauma for adults, children, and families.
Basic Process of mediation
Participants interested in Mediation are first invited to attend a free 45-minute information consultation with Lisa S. Fine, Esq., who will explain the process and details of Mediation. During that consultation, the participants and the Mediator will determine if they are comfortable proceeding with Mediation. If the answer is yes, the first appointment is set. Most appointments occur weekly, but the participants and Mediator will set a schedule that works best for all, as there are no deadlines set by the Court or otherwise to adhere to. Meetings last from one to two hours, but, again, can be shorter or longer as agreed. During each meeting, Lisa S. Fine, Esq., Attorney and Mediator will assist the parties through simple conversation in reaching agreements on all issues involving their matter. As Mediator, Ms. Fine will ensure all relevant topics are covered, and utilizing techniques and skills learned through training and experience, will assist the couple in reaching a resolution of all issues. As an Attorney, Ms. Fine can explain the law as it exists to the couple and can explain what may happen in a courtroom. The parties will meet for as many sessions as necessary to reach an agreement on all issues. When all issues are resolved, the participants can request Lisa S. Fine, Esq., Attorney and Mediator to assist them further by drafting the necessary documents. Ms. Fine can also assist the participants as pro se litigants in drafting and filing the paperwork necessary for their uncontested divorce.
Is Mediation Right for Us?
Mediation works for most couples. Whether you need to start from the beginning or just need to settle those last few details, mediation can provide a safe, cost-effective, often quicker alternative to litigation. However, if one spouse is in physical danger or unwilling to participate then mediation would not be the right process.
Come in for a free consultation to find out if Mediation is right for you.