Mediation is a process wherein you and your soon to be ex-spouse decide the terms of your own divorce outside of the courtroom, which allows you to resolve your issues amicably, cooperatively and jointly (empowering the parties to make decisions that they can both live with after divorce). Mediation is flexible (as we work with your schedules and limitations) and confidential. When children are involved, mediation gives you and your spouse a way to settle your conflicts in a way that helps you to work together as parents (while minimizing any effects on your children).
At Razai & Nefulda, our attorneys are experienced neutral third party mediators here to help you resolve the issues related to your divorce. The issues can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Child Custody and Visitation (Parenting Time);
- Distribution of Property (Assets/Liabilities);
- Child Support;
- Spousal Support and/or Family Support; and,
- The Division of Retirement Accounts and Debts.
What also differentiates mediation from litigation (e.g. going to court), is that the mediator is neutral and doesn’t represent either party. The mediator does not give legal advice to either party. However, a mediator can assist the divorcing couple in formulating ideas that can eventually lead to agreements that are beneficial to both parties. Since both spouses are working from the same information and standpoint (regarding information), mediation oftentimes can take less time to negotiate an ultimate resolution, thereby minimizing the cost, emotion, and time to finalize your divorce and move on with your life post-marriage amicably. It is often known as the “happy divorce” because couples can continue to work together after divorce in cases where they may have children.
As mediation involves joint decision making by both parties, both parties must be willing and committed to the process (and have an open mind to resolve matters). Sometimes agreements come easy, sometimes they take time and some effort, but the attorneys at Razai & Nefulda, work tirelessly to keep the couple focused and educated to the task at hand in order to facilitate the decision making process. Parties using mediators are free and often encouraged to consult with their own independent counsel (if they feel the need to do so). The approach is collaborative to the extent mediation works towards resolution aimed at reducing conflict. Why not be empowered in making decisions that you both can live with, while reducing conflict, costs and the uncertainties of the litigation process?