Mediation has become quite common and is now required in almost all cases prior to being able to go to a judge. It is a great tool to allow the parties to resolve their case in a completely confidential process so that they make the decision regarding their family and not the judge. Since it is a confidential process the parties are free to make offers that the Court will not know about unless they reach agreement.
Mediation is conducted with a certified mediator, the parties and their attorneys. The mediator has no decision making authority. Rather, their sole role is to facilitate a settlement. The attorneys are there to guide their client’s through the mediation process and ensure their client is reaching a fair agreement. Once executed a mediation agreement is binding and one cannot simply change their mind. Thus, it is imperative that you have the guidance of a professional that is working for you during the mediation process. The mediator is not representing either party and cannot give you legal advice or advise you as to whether you are making the right decision. That is why it is advisable to have an attorney with you that is only representing your interests and is advocating for you.
Mediation is used to settle your divorce case without the need for a trial which can be expensive, contentious and emotionally draining. The professionals at the Heskin Martine Law Group have been utilizing this process for over 20 years and encourage clients to resolve their issues through the mediation process if at all possible. The key is to be represented by a lawyer who understands the process and can give you reliable advice about the advantages and disadvantages of settling your case. Most importantly they can let you know when you need to walk away from the deal and help you avoid being pressured into signing a bad agreement that you will be stuck with for the rest of your life.
Please call us if you have any questions about Mediation. Call us at 407-403-5990 or contact us (below) schedule your appointment.