Family law mediation is a voluntary process in which a couple meets with a neutral third party to address and resolve issues.  The mediator provides information about the law and legal process but does not represent or advocate for either party and does not provide legal advice. The mediator assists the couple to explore options but cannot make decisions for them.  Mediation is a client-centered process to help couples reach an out-of-court agreement, without the financial and emotional cost of contested court proceedings.

Mediation can resolve issues related to a divorce, including custody and visitation rights, alimony, child support, and the division of assets and liabilities.  It can also be used in pre- or post-nuptial agreements and paternity matters.  It is a methodology suitable for couples who have good communications, as an efficient way to navigate and resolve family law issues.

The reality is that in-court litigation can be long, expensive and adversarial, as well as dependent on the court’s calendar. 

Mediation is generally seen as a more flexible and less expensive way to reach an amicable agreement without a long court battle – and resolve family law disputes.  It is voluntary and confidential and is guided by the needs and wishes of the two parties.  Additional benefits:

  • It allows couples with children to resolve conflict in a less contentious way
  • It can be much easier to schedule a mediation than to schedule a court hearing, which may lead to a quicker resolution of your conflict
  • It can be done remotely via videoconferencing
  • Parties do not air their “dirty laundry” in an open courtroom
  • It may result in shorter settlement timeframes, which also means lower costs.

Couples in the early stages of separation or divorce may prefer mediation, especially when it comes to creating workable child custody and parenting time plans, simplifying the division of assets, and developing mutually agreeable alimony and child support provisions.

Mediation can cover:

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Co-parenting arrangements
  • Child support
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Property settlements
  • Enhanced earnings and professional licenses
  • Business interests
  • Disputes between parents and teenage or adult children
  • Relocation
  • Cohabitation agreements

We at Cohn Lifland can either be retained as the actual mediator in your dispute, or we can serve as independent counsel offering professional legal advice during the divorce mediation process. 

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