Mediation – Keeping Costs Down With Lasting Solutions to Conflict
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How it Works
Couples may call, email me or come to my office to discuss the mediation process. Since it is a voluntary process, I need to speak to both parties before scheduling a first session. If both parties wish to move forward and mediate, I will send to each person an agreement to mediate along with a client questionnaire that will give me an idea of the issues that you seek to resolve.
It also speeds up the process if parties gather some important information prior to the first session such as income, assets, debts and monthly expenses. The questionnaire includes a checklist of what to assemble in preparation for your mediation.
Once I receive the signed agreement to mediate we will schedule our first joint session within 14 days. I schedule sessions in a minimum of three-hour increments and no more than four hours in a day. I have found that little gets accomplished in less than three hours and people get tired after more than three or four hours.
Finalizing your agreement Once you have reached an agreement, you will walk out of the mediation with a Memorandum of Understanding which reflects the terms of your agreement. The next step is to go to an attorney to put your terms into a legal format that gets reviewed and approved by a judge or court magistrate or referee.
It is important to know that mediation is a voluntary process. Any agreements reached are non-binding until it is turned into an official court order. Part of our services is to draft a Memorandum of Understanding that can be used as the basis for a formal legal document submitted for court approval.
I offer a free 30 minute consultation so call today. We can meet each other and I can answer any questions you may have about the process or my experience. Each mediation session is in three hour increments at $200 per hour($100 each). Your situation may require one session or a series of sessions.