A mediation is a common form of alternative dispute resolution. It consists of a neutral party, a mediator, to the dispute that assists the litigants by facilitating settlement discussions between the parties. They are tasked with helping the parties work through conflicts without the need of a judge or legal proceedings. Lawyers are not required to be present for a mediation. In fact, there aren’t any legal proceedings where attorneys are required. However, similar to formal divorce proceedings, personal injury litigation and felony criminal judicial proceedings, a mediation will typically attempt to resolve issues that are significant to the parties involved. For instance, in the context of a divorce, a mediation will address issues such as distribution of certain assets like the marital home, 401K, custody of children and alimony.
It is important to come to the mediation prepared. An attorney can assist with you preparing the documents that you will need for divorce. One of the first things that you are going to want to do is locate and organize all important financial documents. These will be used to access the proper amount of child support and or spousal support, if any. To assist with this you will be expected to complete a DFRA (Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit) which will outline all income and expenses. It is also important to come to the mediation with a mind towards negotiating. It is important to ask yourself what you want and what is important to you. Perhaps most important is that you and your attorney are on the same page. This is best achieved through maintaining open lines of communication with your attorney.
A divorce mediation could potentially settle issues that could have a lifelong impact on you and your children. It is important to ensure that your interests are protected. Attorneys at the Faucette Law Firm represent clients in matters related to divorce, child support, alimony, modifications and adoptions. In fact, most cases we handle are resolved at mediation. Having someone with experience in this process is critical. If you would like more information on the mediation process or would like to know how we can assist with your mediation contact our firm today for a consultation.