We can’t even talk to each other, let alone make decisions together. Is mediation really appropriate for us?

If both of you agree that you do not want to waste your family’s money on attorneys’ fees generated through litigation, then mediation will likely work for you. All of our mediators are attorneys who specialize in minimizing hostility and creating an environment that allows each party to voice its opinions and preferences. It is our job to help you to reach a resolution together, even if you feel hostility or anger toward each other.

In a typical litigated case, both lawyers “fight” for their clients and try to “win,” which usually leaves often leaves both parties feeling like they’ve “lost” and that the system is unfair. In such a situation, hostility is usually increased, rather than lessened, and the anger and resentment may continue for years. Mediators are trained to keep in mind the long-term goals of the family and to help everyone move on without bitterness. Mediator-guided resolutions adopt a “win-win” approach. Each party voices its opinions and ideas and in the end, they actually work together and compromise to reach an agreement. A sense of having been treated fairly and participated in the final agreement allows everyone to move on with their own separate lives feeling more satisfied and less bitter.

There are some cases that present issues that can only be resolved via court order and through the court system. We will inform you if mediation will not work for you and will be happy to provide you with a list of competent and professional attorneys who can assist you in court. However, cases that cannot be resolved via mediation are few and far between and roughly 95% of our cases reach successful resolution without having to go through the courts.

Mediation is a small investment of time, money, and energy compared to what you would exhaust during litigation through the court system. It is worth the small investment to see if mediation will work for you before you litigate your family related issues.

Our mediators will be happy to help you determine the best option for your family during this difficult time. Contact us now at (631) 419-6111 or contact us online for a free consultation.