A mediated divorce is when an agreement is achieved together not involving the court, but rather in a mediator’s office. A neutral party called the mediator, is used to facilitate an agreement that works with the couple. The purpose is to resolve all of the issues, put the agreement in writing, and submit it to…

Many clients ask me what the difference is between a mediated divorce and a contested divorce. In a contested divorce, there is no agreement. While there may be parts of an agreement, there is usually financial disagreement and disputes. In order to resolve that issue, it will ultimately go to the trial judge, who will…

  There is a difference between sole custody and joint custody. In the context of decision making, sole custody means that one of the parents, the custodial parent, is making all of the major decisions relative to the child. If there is a joint custody agreement with regard to responsibility for the decisions, then both…

A mediator’s role is to facilitate an agreement with both parties. The mediator is a neutral party and represents both parties to the mediation. This would be the father and mother in a custody matter, or the husband and wife in a separation/divorce matter. An attorney can only represent one of the parties. Even if…

Mediation is growing in popularity. Mediation is often the most cost-effective, and speedier process, and certainly less contentious. The purpose of mediation is communication. To resolve all of the very difficult and challenging issues that you will have to deal with in getting a divorce and resolving it in the most expeditious manner. Parties come…

In mediation, clients can fashion a negotiation strategy and make the decisions. In most cases, the parties are better off settling then taking their chances before a judge and have the judge decide their important issues for them. The mediator is there to help you communicate, weigh your options, understand each other’s positions and craft…

The mediation process is created by the mediator or mediation attorney, together with the parties. When discussing custody and parenting issues, from time to time spouses may ask that children participate in the mediation. However, it is often not in the best interests of the children to be involved in adult decisions in the mediation…

In a mediated divorce, you will be sitting down with your mediator, who is a facilitator, to help you communicate with the other party and negotiate a settlement. In contrast, in a contested divorce there is no overall mutual agreement. Consequently, a judge will ultimately decide financial and parenting matters for a contested divorce. Even…

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