Mediation is when a neutral party helps the two parties involved in the divorce work towards a resolution. The mediator acts as a facilitator, guiding the conversation, helping both parties reach a compromise. The mediator helps spouses negotiate the various aspects of a final divorce but does not make any decisions for them. Kevin Steinacker is an attorney and mediator and can help you to reach an agreement that is fair for all parties involved.
Mediation is an effective way to reach agreements in the divorce without having a trial. Many couples choose to work with a mediator to work out details of the divorce outside of court. The process involves both parties, their lawyers and the mediator. The mediation can take place with all parties in the same room or the mediator can work with the parties in separate rooms.
Using mediation to find solutions to things such as child custody, property division, and spousal support is an alternative to having a formal court process. Both spouses will be able to discuss issues and come up with a solution that both can agree to. Using divorce mediation can help you save time and money, avoiding the expense, delay, formal procedures of trial.
As the mediator is an objective third party, he has no interest in the outcome and can help guide you. Unlike trial, mediation sessions are confidential.
Mediation will satisfy the court’s requirement that the parties engage in a settlement conference before trial.
Mediation is not a substitute for marriage counseling. It is an alternative to fighting over the issues in court. If you have questions, we can help you decide is mediation is a good option for you.
If you would like to schedule a mediation or if you have more questions, feel free to contact our office.