What is Mediation and how does it work?
Mediation is an important and effective alternative to having your dispute resolved by a court. Mediation is a voluntary process where the parties will agree to meet with a trained and qualified neutral third party (a “family law mediator”) who will help them work toward a resolution of their dispute.
Unlike court, the mediation process allows the parties to reach creative and timely solutions to their disputes that are best suited for their family. The parties will have the option of attending mediation with or without lawyers to assist them however; we strongly encourage anyone considering mediation to speak to their lawyer about their specific situation about their particular situation.
If the parties are able to reach an agreement within the mediation process, they may have either of their respective counsel or the mediator prepare a formal written agreement that reflects the terms of their settlement. If the parties do not reach an agreement, any discussions they had will remain confidential and cannot be held against either one of them.
The Mediators at Matkovic Allan LLP are also experienced and seasoned counsel who understand not only the law applicable to your particular issues but more importantly understand the value of finding a resolution that will minimize continuing conflict, focus on the interests of your children and keep in mind the significant financial consequences to continued dispute.
Mediation may take a number of forms. Please contact any one of our lawyers at Matkovic Allan LLP to discuss whether the mediation process is best for you and for your family.