Mediation is an informal and confidential process where a neutral mediator, with no authority to make decisions, facilitates discussions between you and your spouse to guide you through the divorce process. The mediator’s role is to provide a means of settling the inevitable conflicts that arise during the divorce process while laying the foundation for future problem solving. The outcome of a successful mediation is a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA). This document will include all of your decisions about parental time-sharing, equitable distribution of assets and liabilities, alimony and child support, and anything else that you and your spouse deem important to document in the agreement.
A mediator cannot give legal advice. His/her role is to guide you as you consider the relevant present and future concerns faced when getting a divorce. While a mediator may make suggestions, the ultimate decisions remain with the couple.
At the Center for Marital and Family Transition, we use a co-mediator model. One mediator has an extensive family law background and the other one has wide-ranging family therapy experience. It is our belief that these two perspectives offer the couple a rich blend of knowledge to help work through the current issues as well as to anticipate issues the family may face as they transition through different life stages.
The co-mediator model is one of the least adversarial and most cost-effective methods of getting divorced.