“Mediation is a family centered conflict resolution process in which an impartial third party (Mediator) assists the participants to negotiate a consensual and informed settlement.” (Academy of Family Mediators)
Why try Mediation?
Legal issues can only be resolved in two ways: Either the parties agree, or a Judge will decide for them and order compliance. Most people prefer to have a voice in determining the outcome rather than having someone, who does not have to live every day with the decision, order how the parties will live. Mediation equips and assists the parties to resolve their issues in a manner that works best for them.
When does Mediation take place?
After the parties have started a legal process, such as an original divorce, a modification of a divorce decree, an action to establish paternity, custody and/or support, it is beneficial to schedule mediation. The mediation process will identify the issues to be resolved and work toward a resolution of the issues.
Normally, one or two sessions is sufficient to resolve the issue(s) and prepare a written settlement agreement. Mediation can occur in as many sessions as necessary to obtain an agreement between the parties.
Where does Mediation take place?
Mediation can take place in the Mediator’s office, the Justice building, or any other location available and desired by the parties. It is recommended the Mediation takes place in a location with access to the internet.
Who is involved in Mediation?
The only required persons for mediation to take place is both parties and the Mediator. It is optional to have attorneys representing the parties participating. The Mediator is a neutral, third party who helps the participants work toward reaching an agreement, but who does not have any decision-making authority.
Patti Taylor is a registered Family Law Mediator. What that means for you is that conflicts within the family can be brought to resolution with less stress, less harm and less cost. As a Registered Family Mediator, Patti Taylor can help guide the disputing parties through a process in which the two parties themselves determine the conditions of any settlements reached, rather than accepting something imposed by a judge. Attorneys can be involved, but don’t have to be, and when other attorneys are not involved, the expenses can be considerably less and the process, as a whole, less stressful on everyone, including the children.
Contact Taylor Law Office, P.C., to arrange for an initial consultation, during which they will evaluate your case and advise you of your legal and mediation options.