What is mediation?
Simply stated, mediation is a non-adversarial way to reach an agreement, with the help of a neutral third party, which is a mediator. The mediator does not represent either party, but acts as a facilitator, to guide the parties to an agreement.
The role of a trained mediator is to ensure that the parties have all the necessary information they need in order to make an informed decision. That means that the parties must be willing to share information.
What are the benefits of mediation?
There are three distinct benefits of mediation. First, it is much more cost effective than litigation. Second, because it is non-adversarial, the parties are less likely to “burn bridges,” which means that they are more likely to be able to remain civil when the process is over, which is important if the parties are co-parenting, or in the case of an estate contest, or family relationships are involved. Finally, mediation tends to take less time, so the process is less demanding on your schedule and allows you to move on with your life much sooner.
If you are interested in scheduling a free thirty minute introductory mediation session with Patricia Watson, a certified divorce mediator, call 978-462-3177 or contact us.