Why Choose Mediation?
In mediation, a balanced and neutral person helps people who are separating to work together to develop and implement a solution that is best for their family. Mediation helps you move forward as a family with respect and improved communication. Parenting plans, support and property division can be difficult to discuss during the emotional upheaval that can mark the the end of your relationship. Mediation give you a calm and structured forum to have these conversations, and to emerge with a clear way forward.
As the mediator, it’s my role to coach and guide you to find a resolution that works for everyone: you, your former partner, and your children. Because you are engaged in the process, you are more committed to the agreement. You will find your resolution together.
How does it work?
Mediation is a voluntary process, so you and your former partner agree to use a mediator. You can each call me for a free 15 minutes disucssion to see if my style works for you.
Once you’ve agreed to engage Round Table Mediation, I’ll have a confidential and private first meeting with each of you, to answer any questions, and to help me understand what you hope to achieve. It’s a good idea to do research and see a lawyer before the intake meeting, so you can learn how family separation works, and your rights and responsibilities in your circumstances. As a mediator, I cannot give you legal advice.
If mediation seems like a good approach to you both, you will move forward to joint discussions about the areas that you want to settle. These sessions can be in person, by video, or even group chat discussions. If you have lawyers, they are welcome to join mediation sessions. If you are discussing support or property areas, you will exchange financial information, so you both understand the financial position of your family.
Mediation encourages you to focus on the needs and interests of each family member, rather than thinking about winning or losing. We can mediate at your pace, work to get you through the separation process and out the other side.
The final product of the mediation is a memorandum of understanding that sets out the agreements that you have reached. This memorandum is not a binding contract. If you want a binding contract, your lawyer can use the memorandum as a basis for drafting a separation agreement.
How long does it take?
Usually mediation takes three to four sessions, depending on how many areas you want to discuss, and the length of the sessions. Sessions are usually a few weeks apart to allow you to gather information, get advice and try new approaches. Depending on how ready you are, the whole process takes a few months.