Common Mediation Questions
Can I use mediation even after filing papers?
Yes. Mediation is always an option, with or without attorneys.
Is mediation helpful for separations, even informal or trial separations? Yes. If you select an informal or trial separation with a desire to work on the marriage, mediation will help give your marriage the best possible chance. If you are separated or considering separation prior to divorce, mediation assists in clarifying the essentials, including visitation of the children and finances.
How does mediation lessen the impact on children? Our mediators work hard to keep the relationship between parents as positive and viable as possible. This is the best possible outcome for children – parents working together for their children. Traditional divorce often escalates the conflict between parents, leading to tremendous bitterness, anger, and expense.
I have teenagers. Should they be included in the process? Yes. Our mediators typically will include one session with teenage children to gain insight and help the teen(s) feel heard by an unbiased party.
Will I get a fair settlement by using mediation? Legal consultations are highly encouraged during mediation. Some parties chose to invite his/her attorney to mediation sessions. You will receive all the resources and consultations necessary to arrive at the best possible outcome for both parties. Divorce is never a win/win situation. However, each party needs to feel a fair and equitable agreement was reached during the process.
Can I still use an attorney in mediation? Absolutely. Our mediators prefers to work with attorneys trained in Collaborative Family Law. He/she will supply clients with a number of quality trained attorneys to contact. You can retain an attorney, go for an initial consultation, or return for counsel as needed.
How much will it cost? Please discuss the hourly rate with your mediator. Most parties split the cost of mediation. A divorce not involving children usually takes two to six hours, with children, six to ten hours. These are only averages and cannot be used to predict your particular case. The fees of other professionals will vary. Filing fees at the local courts will also apply. To start, Genesis Mediation offers a FREE 15 Minute Phone Consultation.