Mediation is a negotiation between parties using a third-party neutral to facilitate the communication. A mediator must be impartial, and cannot offer legal advice or make decisions for the parties. It is the mediator’s job to coach participants in effective communication and help them craft a solution that is mutually agreeable. The parties commit to negotiate in good faith and to an honest exchange of information. Once consensus is reached, then a mediator can turn that into a legally binding agreement.
Thanks for your thoughtful approach with me in determining if mediation would be a good fit. Your forthrightness and open-heartedness were a comfort to me during what has been a challenging and sometimes fraught process. Thank you for who you are on this planet – helping people in a foreign and difficult space with care.”
Mediation is particularly useful in family disputes between spouses, domestic partners, siblings, and parents. Mediation is effective for creating or revising a parenting plan (custody and visitation schedule), creating a cohabitation or premarital agreement, creating a financial plan, or deciding how to allocate property and business interests.