Family mediation services involve a facilitated discussion and negotiation of issues that affect families. A family mediator can help people resolve their disagreements about marriage, separation, divorce, child custody, parenting schedules, property division and more.
Family conflicts and disputes are often sensitive and emotionally charged. A professional family mediator can facilitate discussions and negotiations in a confidential setting that is less stressful than going to court.
A qualified family mediator has completed a specialized program in conflict resolution. These programs typically require classroom study, mentoring and supervised observation of real mediation sessions.
Mediation can be a quicker and more cost-effective way to settle a dispute than a lawsuit. Family mediation can also reduce tensions between parties and preserve or improve relationships, resulting in an amicable resolution.
In addition to financial benefits, family mediation can reduce stress, provide for a more flexible arrangement and show children that parents can work together. Even if parents aren’t able to agree on all of their concerns in mediation, having some agreements can help speed up a trial process, if needed.
Many states offer free or reduced-fee family mediation programs to assist parties in resolving their cases without going to court. Check with your local court or family law center to see what options are available for you. Many family law attorneys also offer mediation services, so you can discuss the possibility of a mediated settlement with your lawyer. Some lawyers may also be able to assist you with the Covid-19 voucher scheme, which can help pay for your mediation costs. Family mediation services