Mediation: A Step by Step Approach to Finding Solutions
Resolving Conflict & Fostering Cooperation
My Promise to You
- I am here to ensure you have all the information necessary to make informed decisions.
- I will provide you with information and additional professional resources to help you with your decision making.
- I will help you manage your communication during the Divorce Mediation process so you can minimize the conflict.
- I will provide expertise on co-parenting and divorce financial issues that you would otherwise have to seek elsewhere.
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WHAT IS MEDIATION
All communications that occur during mediation are confidential and cannot be used against either party in court.
Neutral Third Party:
The mediator is a neutral third party who does not take sides in the divorce. They are there to facilitate discussion and help the parties come to an agreement.
Mediation is typically less expensive than going through a traditional divorce process with attorneys.
Mediation allows for greater flexibility in terms of scheduling and the ability to come up with a customized agreement that works for both parties.
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Benefits of Divorce Mediation
Divorce Mediation is a more efficient and less costly process than litigation (the traditional method of getting divorced).
Mediation typically results in better, more creative solutions and allows both parties to have greater control over the outcome.
Unlike litigation, mediation is a private process that prevents your records from being available to the public or accessible to your children.
Mediation has a higher success rate because both parties are invested in the process and in finding a resolution that meets the needs of both.
Best of all? Divorce Mediation is the most flexible divorce method available, one that can preserve goodwill, even amicable friendships (I know, right?), between former partners, which is especially important if children are involved.
Parenting Plan Mediation
Now that you and your spouse have decided to separate or divorce, your relationship has changed from that of a married couple to that of partners in the business of raising your children. As with any successful business, it’s critical to develop a plan that provides details around how the business will operate. A failure to plan is a plan to fail!
I can work with you, in a mediation setting, to create a detailed, child-centered parenting plan that outlines the responsibilities and expectations for both parents. This plan will provide a roadmap for raising your children in a healthy and supportive environment. Remember, your children need the same thing from you whether you are parenting under one roof or two.
When going through a separation or divorce there are a lot of decisions that need to be made, some of which you may disagree on. The one thing most parents can agree on is the love they have for their children and that they want them to grow up happy and healthy. Crafting a detailed parenting plan will help you avoid the unnecessary conflict that can arise when co-parenting. It will also address how you will resolve issues when you’re not in agreement so you can prevent any future litigation. It is not the divorce that negatively impacts children, it is the conflict that they experience between their parents.
Benefits of Using a Mediator to Help Create Your Parenting Plan
Facilitates Effective Communication
Promotes Child-Centered Decision-Making
A mediator guides parents in developing a parenting plan that prioritizes the needs and well-being of the child. They help parents consider factors such as the child’s age, developmental stage, and individual needs when making decisions about custody, visitation schedules, education, healthcare, and other relevant aspects. Working with a mediator to help you create a child centered parenting plan helps both parents stay focused on the needs of the child and how they can continue to provide the necessary support for their children while living in two homes.
Customized and Flexible Solutions
Reduces Conflict and Stress
Mediation will help de-escalate conflict between parents, reducing the stress and emotional toll on everyone involved, especially the child. By fostering open dialogue and collaborative problem-solving, a mediator helps parents find common ground and resolve disputes in a more peaceful and respectful manner. This process often leads to more amicable co-parenting relationships, which contributes to a healthier and more stable environment for the child.
Cost-Effective and Efficient
Promotes Long-Term Cooperation
A mediated parenting plan encourages parents to work together and develop effective communication strategies. By focusing on the child’s best interests and fostering cooperation, mediation sets the stage for a healthier co-parenting relationship in the long run. This collaborative approach helps parents adapt to changing circumstances, make adjustments to the plan as needed, and maintain a positive and supportive environment for their child.
INVESTMENT FOR MEDIATION
The investment for mediation services varies depending on your goals and needs. Please contact me for a consultation and a custom quote for your situation.
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You are now in the “business” of raising your children together as co-parents. Let’s make a plan.