Family and divorce mediation allows couples and all other family members to resolve concerns in the most amicable manner possible. For a family in turmoil, going to court is often expensive, intimidating and stressful. Courts should only be used as a last resort. Choosing mediation saves money, time and heartache.
While mediation is useful at any time, it is often most cost- effective as the first step in the divorce process. Upon reaching a marriage settlement agreement, the remaining divorce process follows much more easily.
If parties already have lawyers, they are welcome to join the process. In fact, Scott will encourage parties without lawyers to have legal counsel review any potential agreements before signing them. However, parties are not required to have lawyers before beginning mediation. And, if requested, Scott can provide referrals for attorneys supportive of couples working together in mediation.
Scott helps educate parties regarding the issues they must decide together, and helps them talk with each other in ways that foster understanding. Couples move the process at their own speed. On occasion, he may suggest using a co-mediator such as a child specialist, parenting coach or vocational consultant to assist with particular points of conflict.
Working and listening together, the team makes satisfying decisions regarding co-parenting and finances, keeping divorcing couples out of court. In the privacy of a confidential mediation session—rather than in a public courthouse—the team decides how the family will function after divorce. Rather than hashing over past difficulties, families begin looking toward resolution and future happiness.
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” — Chauncey Depew