There are times when your Divorce Attorney or the courts may recommend Mediation. The process of Mediation is a procedure where the two parties and their Mediators (also known as Mediation attorneys) meet and try to come to an agreement. This process is generally required in Dissolution of Marriage cases and Paternity cases. This is usually success if each party has a positive attitude and takes an active role in working toward a solution. While this process is usually required, settling the matter is not mandatory.
What a Mediation Attorney does
The party deemed as the mediator acts as a disinterested third party who does not favor one party or the other. At some point in the process, you and the other party can be placed in separate offices and the mediator goes back and forth to convey ideas or offers to settle all or part of the issues.
There are 5 possible outcomes of Family Mediation:
- If everyone agrees to all of the terms, you settle your entire case and proceed to a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage
- The parties don’t agree to any of the terms and then we litigate further in preparation for trial
- You can enter a partial Mediation Agreement on certain issues while leaving other issues such as equitable distribution or time-sharing, to be decided at trial
- You can create a temporary agreement where certain issues are addressed for a to determine whether the parties can enter into a final agreement
- While you are mediating, you may want to adjourn the mediation to do more discovery, while agreeing to come back to mediation at a future time and date
Over his 30-year career as a licensed Divorce Attorney, Family Law Attorney, Mediation Attorney and Supreme Court Certified Mediator, Mr. Feinberg has seen it all, and can advise you on your legal rights in a way that few other can. Contact Mr. Feinberg about your mediation today!