Mediation is a method of resolving problems outside the courtroom in a communicative and cooperative manner. The mediation process is confidential, nonbinding and voluntary. It can begin before or after your divorce has been filed.
During the mediation process, the clients meet with a "neutral" (often referred to as a mediator) together and separately in one or more mediation sessions. These sessions are conducted in an informal setting. The mediation process requires that the clients use their best efforts; and engage in honest communication to achieve a productive and agreeable resolution of their problems.
Family Law And Divorce Mediation
Before actual mediation begins, the clients share with the mediator the issues and concerns that they want to solve, and their individual ideas about how they would solve them. During the mediation session itself, the mediator acts as a bridge, facilitating the clients' conversation so they can reach a resolution that serves their interests and the best interests of their children. In this conversation, the mediator may explain how the court will likely view each client's ideas, and how the law may apply, given the circumstances of the case. The mediator tries to help each client understand the other's perspective, opening the door to compromise.
The Mediation Process Is Confidential
It is important to note that the information that the parties share with the mediator is confidential. The mediator will not voluntarily disclose to any person not participating in the mediation any of the information obtained throughout the process, unless such disclosure is required by law.
Experience Makes A Difference
The value of having an experienced lawyer serving as your mediator cannot be overstated. Jeffrey P. Greenberg at Seder & Chandler, LLP, has years of experience in family practice Mr. Greenberg's practice centers on Worcester County and Middlesex County, but it extends throughout all of the courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our firm's knowledge of the law and familiarity with the judges, the Probate Court Clerks and the Court system amplifies our ability to guide you to a resolution of your unique concerns.
For a consultation with an attorney about our mediation services and how we can be of assistance, contact Seder & Chandler, LLP.