The Mediation Process

There are several stages to a mediation process with  Everett divorce lawyers. The duration and look of these stages will vary from case to case, as your situation will never be identical to other’s case. The following, however, is an outline of the pattern that a typical mediation process will follow.

Relationship-Building Stage

During the mediation process, the mediator will meet with each party i(and their attorney) individually. This allows the mediator to build a relationship with each side. It gives you the opportunity to state your “side” of the case, what concerns you may have, and your issues and desires. The mediator will make every effort to understand your perspective and priorities.Choices can be made through :Everett Divorce Attorney.

You will find that, during this stage, your mediator may ask you questions,in order to gain an understanding of who you are and identify your goals.

Exchange of Information Phase

During this stage of the mediation process, your mediator will work with both sides to make sure that all the issues are “on the table” and to begin portraying the perspective of one side to the other.  It is important that each side has a clear understanding of the issues being brought forward by the opposing side. This will ensure that any differences in positions, values of assets or liabilities, etc, are known so that they may be resolved during the next phases.

Evaluation Phase

At this point, your mediator will provide you with his/her independent view of your case and the positions that you have taken, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses. The mediator does not represent nor act as an attorney for either side and therefore does not provide legal advice for how you should proceed—this is the responsibility of your attorney.

Agreement Negotiation Phase

Both sides will be expects, at some point in the process, to begin preparing and exchanging offers of settlement.  The mediator will work with each side throughout this formulation, evaluating their offer and providing input on the issues. Potential costs and possible results from the trial will be discussed. If an agreement is reached, the mediator will (before the mediation is concluded) prepare a “binding” settlement to be signed by all parties and their attorneys.

Our mediators have extensive personal experience in helping clients and attorneys prepare cases to trial before the courts in our area, in addition to knowing the judges. They have a clear understanding of the law that the judges will apply to your case. Their resulting evaluation, therefore, is purely to assist you make the best possible decisions, and is, in no way, designed to intimidate or force a solution upon you.

The Benefits of Mediation

The benefits of the mediation process are many. We’ve highlighted some of the benefits to mediation that we have found to be most important to our clients…