Most people believe the only way to resolve family issues is to go to court and “fight it out,” ruining relationships and tearing apart families. There is an alternative to the adversarial approach – Family Mediation.
The issues that can be resolved through family mediation include divorce, paternity, time-sharing and subsequent modifications to those issues:
Families in a divorce must make decisions regarding the division of property and debt and issues related to the children.
A father has no rights to a child if the parents were never married. To establish his rights he must file an action for paternity, parental responsibility (decisions making authority) and visitation (custody/time-sharing).
The only thing that you can count on in life is change. As your life changes or events occur in your life, it may be necessary to modify your child support and time-sharing (as your children age); illness, retirement or loss of job may necessitate a modification to your financial obligation.
Mediation allows the families to talk about these issues with the help of a neutral facilitator (mediator). The parties are given the ability to make decisions that will shape their lives in the future and that work best for their family, as they are in the best position to make the decisions. This includes such things as the division of property, assets, debts, liabilities, and issues relating to their children.
The mediator’s role is to facilitate the discussion between the parties to assist them in reaching an agreement regarding the issues in their divorce. The mediator does not represent either party and cannot provide legal advice.