What is mediation? by Sherie Grayman (attorney and mediator)

In mediation, you and your spouse meet with a neutral third party, the mediator, and with their help ,you work through the issues you need to resolve ,so the two of you can end your marriage as amicably and in the most cost effective way  possible.
The issues covered in divorce mediation include but are not limited to the following:
1. Division of Assets and Liabilities
2. Care of the children (previously called Custody)
3. Contact with the child (previously called Access)
4. Contribution for children etc  (previously called Maintenance)
In mediation, the couple with the help of the mediator works out agreements on the above issues.
When there is a differing of opinion between the spouses, and agreements are harder to reach then that is when the mediator intervenes .It is the mediators job to keep the lines of communication open, brainstorm ideas, reality test the couple and help them keep focused on the issues at hand.

WHICH DIVORCES WOULD DO WELL WITH MEDIATION?
Mediation is especially beneficial for parents who though separating will need to continue to make joint decisions about their children well into their future.
Mediators are there to help you to reach decisions about things that are important for you . They can help you to find a way to plan for the future and to agree what will work best for you  and your family without  having to go to court. That can save you time, money and stress.
Mediation provides you with the space and time to think about what is most important for your children and for the whole family. You can work out how arrangements for your children will work best and think about what is going to be important for your children as they grow up.
Regardless of whether you are a parent or not, mediation can help you deal with your money, the options you may have about where you will live, and planning your future finances. Even if you’ve been separated for a while, or if your case has already gone to court, mediation can still help to resolve things AMICABLY AND COST EFFECTIVELY.

Until next time
Sherie

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