Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process where a neutral third party meets with participants in an attempt to negotiate a resolution of issues. The process is a faster way to resolve disputes and in most cases is less costly than going to court. It is a tried and true way to bring parties together toward a mutually beneficial solution.
That depends on the complexity or simplicity of your case and how quickly you are able to reach agreement on each issue. The typical mediation takes anywhere between 6-12 hours in 2-3 hour increments. With attorneys, mediation can be resolved in one full day. Remember, you control the timeline.
There are many. In no particular order: it’s quicker; it can be less expensive; it allows the parties to control the outcome, not the lawyers and judges; it allows parties the opportunity to put the swords and shields down at least for a period to see if there is a mutually acceptable path that is available and arrived at utilizing the input and views of the parties themselves. I could go on and on, but I think in this day and age, mediation is the way to go.
Judge Prestley provides remote services as well as in person mediation. For a free 30 minute consultation, she can be reached at:
After an initial consultation, mediation dates will be scheduled in 2 hour increments or, in some cases, an entire day.
During those sessions, I will facilitate a discussion after which you will reach agreement on each issue. At times, we will break into caucus sessions to meet individually.
At the end of the mediation, your agreement will be written up in the form of a “term sheet” or “memorandum of understanding.” In the case of a divorce, a separation agreement will be prepared from those documents by an attorney. That document along with required forms will be signed, notarized if necessary and filed in the appropriate court.
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