Negotiation & Mediation
Most cases are resolved through some sort of negotiation. Many clients resolve cases themselves at the kitchen table, and ask me to draft an order that complies with their agreement. In the event the parties do not resolve the case themselves, I negotiate on behalf of the client, either informally or through mediation.
Mediation may take place at any point in the divorce process. Mediation is conducted by a mediator, who is often a former judge or an experienced family lawyer. Mediators don’t take sides, and are used for the sole purpose of trying to help people reach a settlement. Mediators are neutral and can offer clients a different, unbiased perspective. Also, having both clients, both lawyers and a mediator in the same place at the same time with everyone’s attention focused on getting a settlement can often create a positive environment for making agreements.