Family Law Mediation
Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party, the “mediator”, helps the parties try to reach a settlement—and it can even take place virtually. The mediator cannot represent either of the parties involved in the mediation. If the parties are represented by legal counsel, the attorneys will generally attend the mediation as well.
The mediator will go back and forth between the parties in an effort to resolve all pending issues. The parties may be in the same room or may each have their own rooms. Mediation gives individuals an opportunity to customize solutions that work best for their families. If a full settlement is reached, the parties are less likely to go to court. If the mediation reaches an impasse and a settlement cannot be reached, then a judge will generally determine the disposition of the case.
Joslyn offers virtual family law mediation, which means the parties and their attorneys can discuss issues from the comfort of their own homes. Virtual mediations are just as effective as in-person mediations.
All family law related issues can be addressed in a family law mediation, such as:
- Paternity, legal custody, and physical care. The parties address legal custody and physical care of the minor children. The mediator may assist in determining the children’s visitation schedules including a weekly schedule, holiday schedule, and summer schedule.
- Child support. If child support is to be paid, the parties will address which party is to pay the child support and the amount of monthly support.
- Miscellaneous child provisions. The parties might discuss other child-related provisions that could be included in the agreement such as transportation, school related expenses, daycare expenses, health insurance coverage, payment of uncovered medical expenses, and tax-related provisions.
- Asset and debt division (divorces only). The parties will address the division of their joint assets and debts, including but not limited to the marital home, vehicles, retirement accounts and bank accounts, personal property, and outstanding debts.
- Spousal support (divorces only). If spousal support is requested by one of the parties, the parties will address the amount and duration of support to be paid.
- Attorney fees and court costs. The parties may address payment of attorney fees and court costs and whether either party is going to pay a portion of the other party’s attorney fees.
Contact us today to schedule your mediation. If you are represented by an attorney, you should discuss mediation with your legal counsel prior to contacting our office.