Family mediation is a process where parties in dispute meet with a neutral mediator to discuss and settle their issues. It is often used to resolve disagreements regarding divorce or separation, parenting schedules, child support, alimony, property division, estate planning, elder care and distribution of inherited property.

Family mediators are professionally trained to aid discussions between a couple or family members with the goal of reaching a solution that is best for the entire family. The process is usually faster and more flexible than a trial, and you may be able to find an agreement in a few sessions. The cost of mediation is generally 20-50% less than litigation.

Mediation is a voluntary, consensual process that puts you in control of the outcome. In addition, you can typically expect to spend fewer hours in sessions, and the cost is much lower.

It is important that you and your spouse/partner come to mediation with a clear understanding of the goals of your mediation and that both of you keep an open mind. It is not uncommon for a family who enters mediation embroiled in extreme tension to leave reminiscing about shared, happy memories. This type of positive outcome can have significant benefits for the entire family. It can reduce stress, preserve and improve the relationship between the parents, and create logistical solutions that are more likely to be followed through on in the future. It can also help to minimize conflict between children, which is always the primary consideration in custody matters.

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