Mediation allows divorcing couples to take control of planning their own lives and make good decisions about their future. It is especially beneficial for parents who will need to continue making joint decisions about their children well into the future. The decision-making process learned in mediation can serve as a model for future communications.
The mediator is a neutral party specially trained to help couples resolve the issues in their divorce. The mediator facilitates the communication between the parties by making sure each party is given an uninterrupted time to speak, asking a party to restate or explain a point when necessary, and asking questions to make communication clear. The mediator also provides information about the legal system, how issues may be viewed by lawyers or judges, and what alternatives there are for solving issues. The Mediator does not make decisions, instead, the Mediator's role is to serve as a guide and to allow the parties to decide.
Mary E. Santez, Esq., Mediator
Dawn Bellino, Mediator Assistant