Family Law Mediation
Mediation sessions in the divorce mediation process are generally two to three hours in length. In the first mediation session, you and Marcia determine:
1. what agreements can be made;
2. what are the issues to be resolved; and
3. what information and documents are needed and how they will be obtained.
Subsequent mediation sessions focus on reaching joint decisions about ways to resolve the remaining issues.
HOW CAN WE MEDIATE IF WE DO NOT AGREE ON ANYTHING?
This is exactly why you want to mediate. If your communication styles were working at this point, you would be able to reach agreement without any mediator, attorney, or court involvement. As mediator, Marcia guides you through an environment in which seemingly opposite points of view can be safely expressed and options for win-win resolutions explored and discussed.
HOW LONG DOES THE DIVORCE MEDIATION PROCESS TAKE?
Every divorce is different, but on average, final resolution can be reached within three to four sessions.
WHAT IF AN EXPERT IS NEEDED?
Sometimes, outside expertise is needed. For example, sometimes outside expert assistance is needed for business valuation issues and custody and parenting time issues.
Marcia can give you referrals to outside neutral experts with whom she has worked. The experts are neutral, not working for or against either side.
WHAT SUBJECTS ARE ADDRESSED IN THE DIVORCE MEDIATION PROCESS?
Subjects addressed in mediation can include: assets and debt division, non-marital property, custody, parenting plans, spousal maintenance (alimony), and child support.
WHAT IF WE CANNOT REACH AN AGREEMENT IN MEDIATION?
Most people do reach final agreement in family law mediation. However, the option for a more adversarial and expensive process is always open. Furthermore, what is said in mediation is confidential, except in certain situations such as where there is harm or potential harm involved. What is said in trying to settle during mediation cannot later be used against you in court.
Seek a win-win outcome!
Marcia S. Rowland Call or text to: 952-975-5958
Attorney and Mediator Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org