In mediation, a form of dispute resolution, people reach agreements with the support of a neutral facilitator. It is commonly used to help couples negotiate divorce agreements, although it can be used in nearly any conflict. If you and your spouse are interested in crafting a mutually agreeable resolution, but require some outside support to do so, mediation may be the right process for you. It is voluntary and relies on full disclosure of information and a willingness to work together.
In divorce mediation, you and your spouse meet with Louise in 2 hour sessions. With her assistance, you identify the issues you need to resolve and what documentation you need to pull together. In addition, she helps you create settlement options and respectfully reach resolution. However, Louise can not provide legal advice as a mediator. She is a neutral facilitator focused on helping both of you reach a joint settlement agreement. You can then take the settlement summary to another attorney (or one attorney for each party) who will draft a divorce decree to submit to the court.
Louise is an experienced mediator and excels at helping parties articulate what is important to them, She also strives to make sure each party feels heard and understood. As a mediator, she maintains neutrality and is not permitted to favor either side or to offer legal advice. You are likely to feel that you are treated fairly. Mediation creates a safe space where you can create solutions that work for both of you and your family. Many clients report that Louise's ability to remain neutral and to reframe issues helped them look at aspects of their conflict differently and therefore, reach agreements they had not thought of originally.
In your initial consultation with Louise, she will offer you information about mediation and other dispute resolution options, so that you can choose the option that will best meet your family's needs.