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         What is mediation?


No, but it works for many couples, not just for couples who already know how to cooperate. The job of the mediator is to reframe issues and help you and your spouse to focus on a mutually acceptable solution. It does take willingness on the part of both parties to speak frankly and freely.
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Statistics show that a couple's involvement in the decision-making process leads to greater satisfaction and increased incentive to follow through with the negotiated agreement both spouses have designed. It allows you to make the many decisions that you and your spouse must face as you move to the next phase of your lives.

As a neutral, the mediator will help you focus on the future and assist you in re-sculpting your lives by attending to the issues that need to be resolved. Mediation eliminates the legal games played by lawyers.
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No, the mediator does not provide individuals legal advice or representation. By being impartial the mediator can assist you and your spouse to create an informed and fair agreement. S/he will also recommend that independent legal counsel review the Memorandum of Understandingwhich is the document that memorialized all that was agreed to by both parties in the mediation sessions.
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No, the goal of mediation is to assist you and your spouse to reach an agreement. It is not a way to solve personal problems.
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All that is required is a willingness to look for a fair way to settle the issues that must be decided. You don't have to be best friends to mediate. Many people find that mediation helps them to communicate better, especially if there are children involved.

Even if you depart as "best enemies" you will have had the opportunity to have your needs and wants discussed, and to reach an agreement that you both can live with in the next phase of your life.

Because you're paying one mediator instead of two attorneys and because you are doing the negotiating and not your lawyers, the cost of mediation is less then half of a traditionally litigated divorce.
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Mediation is a non-adversarial process that helps a couple to dissolve their marriage once the decision to divorce is made. It is not a substitute for the services of an attorney. It does allow you and your spouse to remain in control of the negotiating process and to make your decisions yourselves.




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