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What Is Family Mediation?

Mediation is a type of process that lets all involved move forward in a more positive emotional state. It allows a private, negotiated outcome of your family’s personal matters, as opposed to the public fight in family court.

Family mediation is a voluntary process. You work together in a respectful environment to find your own solutions tailored to your particular family.

When you reach a mediated agreement with proper financial disclosure and legal information, your agreement is as strong as a court order. Often, it is more lasting than a court order because you have participated in your own decision, rather than having one imposed upon you by a stranger.

What is a mediator?

A mediator is someone who has had special training to help spouses agree on issues without taking sides.

A mediator’s job is to help you and your spouse come to a workable agreement.

Mediators do not take sides. Mediators do not make decisions. Mediators do not tell you who is right and who is wrong. Instead, they help separating spouses talk about the things that they have to work out in a written agreement.

Mediators help you find compromises and solutions.

Some lawyers, social workers, and other professionals are trained to be mediators.

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