Mediation is a form of dispute resolution in which people communicate with the support of a neutral facilitator. It is commonly used to help couples negotiate divorce agreements, though it can be used in nearly any conflict in which the parties involved are interested in crafting a mutually agreeable resolution, but require some outside support to do so.
In divorce mediation, the mediator typically meets with the couple and helps them articulate the issues they need to resolve, and to identify and evaluate options for resolution. Once the parties have reached agreement on the details of their divorce, they take the agreement to another attorney (or one attorney for each party) who will review the agreement and use it to draft a divorce decree to be submitted to the court.
Louise is an experienced mediator and excels at helping parties to articulate what is important to them as well as making 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. This neutrality helps parties feel they are being treated fairly and creates a safe space where they can create solutions that work for them and their family. Many clients have reported that Louise's ability to remain neutral and to reframe issues has helped them look at aspects of their conflict differently.
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.