A mediator is a neutral, impartial third party who assists parties in reaching a resolution while providing practical legal information. Legal information from a mediator helps clients evaluate options and make choices, but it must not be confused with legal advice. The mediator can clarify the law and does not give legal advice to either party.
One of the fundamental goals in mediation is client empowerment allowing separating spouses to resolve their legal issues in a respectful way. The parties maintain control over outcomes while conducting discussions in a positive and private environment.
Mediation is effective for parties wishing to keep their costs down and resolve issues fairly. The mediator guides the parties through negotiations so that the issues can be resolved in a process that puts the family’s needs and those of any children at the forefront.
Working with a mediator allows separating spouses access to a professional with specialized training in family law and conflict management. The mediator helps spouses identify issues and discuss them in a reasonable manner to work towards a resolution. Emotions can be brought to the table and dealt with appropriately by the parties.
The spouses and the mediator work together towards a mutually agreeable resolution through a series of meetings. Couples maintain control of the decisions being made with significant legal and emotional support from the mediator. Couples may be given tools and resources to improve difficult relationships and foster better communication.