The mediator is a neutral third party. The mediator helps identify and clarify the issues then helps facilitate communication between the parties helping them create their own agreement.
In the case of separation or divorce, the issues you can resolve together in mediation don’t have to be negotiated by two lawyers. This can save you time, money and alleviate some of the stress associated with an adversarial approach to separation. Mediation is a co-operative process designed to minimize conflict and anxiety for both parties as well as for the children involved. Mediation is meant to provide a supportive framework for both parties to reach a mutual agreement.
Mediation does not replace legal advice. After reaching an agreement, it should be reviewed by your lawyers.
Mediation is also used to help resolve conflicts and disputes in intact families. Disputes involving parenting styles, schools, parenting plans, religion, in-laws, elderly parents, divergent career paths all respond well to a cooperative and facilitative approach. With the right tools, solutions to disputes really can be win-win.
Rates for Mediation: $140 to $200 per hour + tax (subject to the nature of mediation services required).