Family mediators can be beneficial in a number of unique and dynamic situations causing conflict in families or preventing them from moving forward in a healthy way. Family mediators often assist families in resolving disputes about separation or divorce, marriage, parenting agreements, property division, child support and alimony, care of an elderly family member, inheritances, and more.
Mediators help each party express their interests and goals as well as listen to the other party, and then begin the process of working toward a solution in a calm and effective way. After issues are identified, the mediator separates them out and addresses a single issue at a time, presenting possible solutions that satisfy everyone that the parties may not have considered previously. Once they’ve agreed on each issue, an agreement is drafted, reviewed, and signed by both parties.
Mediation is designed for circumstances just like this and is often successful even in these situations. One way that mediators help an unmoving party give a little is by offering collateral in return. Each partner who chooses to keep what is most important to them must also bend to give the other something in exchange.
Mediators can save all parties a significant amount of money by limiting the number of hours their attorneys spend on mediation. However, with legal matters most parties retain an attorney for advice before mediation and review of the agreement before signing following mediation.
Mediators save parties money in two primary ways:
This can make the savings substantial for everyone involved.
Yes. Both parties must actively participate in the process for mediation to be successful. If one party’s goal is to punish the other party rather than resolve their difference and do what’s in the best interest of the entire family, mediation will likely not produce compromise and closure.
There are multiple benefits associated with using a family mediator, including:
At Associates in Counseling and Mediation, we accept all insurance plans except Medicare. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.