About Family Mediation
Mediation is a process whereby a neutral third person or party, a mediator, acts to encourage and help bring about the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. It is an relaxed, informal, and non-adversarial process with the purpose of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement, leaving both parties happier in the end. In mediation, decision-making authority rests with the parties. The role of the mediator includes, but is not limited to: assisting the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving and exploring settlement alternatives.
Understanding the nature of a contemplated mediation process and consenting to participate in the described process is integral to Family Mediation. Following these guidelines makes the mediation process possible; voluntary, collaborative, controlled, confidential, informed, neutral, self-responsible.
1) Mediation is 100% voluntary. You can leave at any time for any reason, or for no reason at all.
2) Mediation is a joint effort. We encourage you to work together to resolve your conflict and to reach what all parties agree is the best agreement.
3) Mediation takes place in a controlled environment, with you in control. Having absolute control over decision-making and having a veto over each and every stipulation in any mediated agreement means you cannot be pressured into anything.
4) Mediation is a confidential process to the degree you would like and agree. All mediation proceedings and materials developed for mediation are not permissible in any subsequent court or other contested proceeding, except for the final signed mediated agreement. We are required to inform you of any exceptions to the confidentiality of your mediation.
5) Informative - The mediation process allows both parties to hear, learn and appreciate the issues and positions of the other party in a calm, neutral, and non-adversarial setting. Informed parties make better decisions.
6) We are absolutely impartial and neutral. As mediators we have a responsibility to remain impartial and balanced, assisting each party equally without favoring one's interests over the other. We are obligated to acknowledge any bias on any significant issues in discussion. Our role is to ensure that both parties reach an agreement in a voluntary, informed fashion absent of pressure and intimidation.
7) Satisfaction comes naturally with family mediation. After actively resolving your own conflict through the guidance of family mediation, contentment, likelihood of compliance, and confidence are known to increase significantly.
What we don't do:
- Make decisions
- Issue orders
- Take sides
- Give legal advice
- Make you stay
The law covering the behavior of mediators and the process of mediation do not allow us to do these things, and it is to your benefit that they do not.
Court Referred Divorce Mediation
Divorce Mediation is a growing trend in family law, with more families being sent to mediation as part of their divorce process. A costly court battle often appears inevitable, even when both parties may be willing to be reasonable. Many people have concerns about the other party coming through on their side of the obligation, and believe that a court fight is unavoidable.
Fighting, arguing, and blaming each other in a marriage or similar relationship can lead to more of the same while trying to resolve the issue. The consequences of continuing in this manner can include protracted litigation, increasing costs, a reduced standard of living, and significant damage to your children's emotional health.
Our mediators are here to guide you through the complicated procedure of divorce mediation. Avoid the costly, nerve-wracking court proceedings and give mediation a try before committing an exorbitant amount of time and money to the courts.
How Much Does Mediation Cost?
Saving money is just one of the many benefits offered by Our Mediators. Mediation costs are significantly less than legal fees for a contested divorce. Initial cost is typically $150 per hour with a 3 hour minimum, and this cost is shared equally by each party. Compare that with initial attorney retainers and continuing hourly legal fees and the cost savings become clearly evident. We gladly accept Mastercard and Visa,and Discover
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Why Choose Our Mediators
Our mediators are highly trained professionals. Our mediators are articulate, confident, effective listeners, empathetic, flexible, honest, imaginative, impartial, intelligent, neutral, non-defensive, non-judgmental, objective, patient, positive, respectful and resourceful. All mediators are highly trained in family mediation.
Our philosophy is that a voluntary, mutually agreed upon solution is far superior to a one-side judicial decision.
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