What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process that brings people in conflict together with a neutral third person (the mediator) who assists them in reaching a voluntary agreement. The mediator helps them clarify the issues, consider options, and reach a workable settlement that fits their needs.
Mediation gives people a relatively quick, inexpensive way to work out their differences while addressing everyone’s needs and interests. Decisions reached in mediation are created by the people who are in conflict, not by the mediator or a judge.
Mediation encourages direct communication between the parties and helps people decide for themselves the best settlement. It allows for the expression of emotions, often defuses anger, explores creative means of solving problems, and promotes cooperation between people. Mediation is especially beneficial in situations where there will be an ongoing relationship because the process helps preserve the strengths of a relationship. It often helps people accept the consequences of their own decisions and develops a model for resolution of future conflicts.
Family Mediation is mediation between people who consider themselves “family.” Family Mediation may be used in issues of:
- Dissolution of a Civil Partnership
- Property Division
- Spousal Support
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
- Parenting Plan
- Post-Divorce Issues
- Pre/Post-Marital Agreement
- Division of Estates
- Senior/Elder Care
Key Qualities of the Mediation Process
Mediation is voluntary. Both of you must want to mediate and either of you can stop the mediation process at ...read more
The Process of Family Mediation
Clients are referred to Mary Sanger for mediation by a variety of sources, but predominately they are referred by other ...read more
Benefits of Family Mediation?
Mediation saves you money when compared to going to court or pursuing lawyer-assisted negotiation. Mediation is a much faster process for ...read more
Why Choose a Marriage & Family Therapist as a Mediator?
Many mediators have a legal background or are attorneys, so why choose a Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) as a ...read more
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Many mediations don’t require a lawyer, but there are some situations in which consulting a lawyer is a smart ...read more
Is a Mediation Agreement Legally Binding?
A mediation agreement signed at the end of a mediation is a binding legal contract between parties and therefore can ...read more
Guidelines for Mediation
During all mediation sessions, we agree as follows: We agree not to use any electronic devices (cell phones, tablets, laptops, ...read more
Family mediation gives separating couples an opportunity to decide for themselves what to do about their circumstances, with help and ...read more