Conciliation is another form of alternative dispute resolution. In the conciliation process, a "neutral," acting as a "conciliator," helps the parties evaluate and explore options in order to guide them to a settlement.
The conciliation process usually begins when a case is pending in Probate Court. Each party explains his or her concerns and goals openly or in a private conversation with the conciliator. It is important to note that a conciliator is not a judge. The conciliator does not decide any of the issues in your case. The conciliator is a neutral resource who helps each party evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each side of the case. Conciliation is a chance for each person to shape and determine the outcome of his or her case and to avoid a potentially risky and unpredictable judicial decision. This process requires that the parties use genuine efforts and honest communication to achieve a productive and agreeable result.
Each party's communications with the conciliator remain confidential, unless one of the parties grants permission to the conciliator to reveal the substance of those communications.
Experienced Conciliation Attorneys
The experienced divorce and family law lawyers at Seder & Chandler, LLP, can serve as conciliators, professionally guiding your conciliation process in a neutral and efficient manner. With extensive experience in all aspects of family law, our lawyers have the capabilities and temperament needed for this challenging role. Because the lawyers at Seder & Chandler, LLP, have many years of experience advocating in the Probate Court, we are uniquely equipped to evaluate all aspects of your case.
Focused On Solutions, Not On Conflict
Conciliation is not a process that the parties use to uncover new evidence for court, but to assist each party in focusing on and narrowing their issues and concerns. In this way, the conciliator can guide the parties to a resolution of custody, visitation, alimony, child support, property or debt division, college expense payments, health insurance or other family problems.
To learn more about the conciliation or mediation processes and how we can help you resolve your family law problem, contact Seder & Chandler, LLP. We have offices in Worcester and Westborough, Massachusetts.