Family Law

Mediation

Warren Divorce Mediation Lawyer

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process in which disputing parties meet with a neutral third party, a mediator. At the mediation, the parties sit down with the mediator in private and explain their problems and how they think the matters can be resolved. Divorce mediation is an alternative to adversarial proceedings using litigation or traditional negotiations and is a voluntary process that parties choose to enter into.

At the law offices of Charles A. Ziegler, with locations in Warren and Newton Falls, Ohio, we can represent you in a divorce mediation to help you find acceptable solutions for all types of issues, including, child and spousal support, parenting arrangements and the dividing of marital assets. To learn more about mediation and our experience helping people with divorce and dissolutions of marriage, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation today.

How the Process Works

At the beginning of the divorce mediation process, each party is advised to hire independent counsel to advise and consult with throughout the mediation process. The number of hours each party's lawyer spends as a consultant is usually significantly less than would have been spent during adversarial negotiations or court proceedings. A party may have an attorney or support person accompany him or her to the mediation and work on their his or her behalf or consult, but a party is not required to bring someone with them.

The Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Using divorce mediation, Warren divorce mediation attorney, Charles A. Ziegler can help you and your spouse privately work through your differences and make decisions about your present and future needs. Generally, divorce mediation offers several distinct advantages from traditional negotiation or litigation, such as:

  • This process facilitates open communication.
  • It promotes cooperation amongst all parties involved.
  • The traditional rules of evidence do not apply, so additional information can be introduced.
  • It is confidential and not binding.
  • It allows for more creative ideas to be presented and accepted.
  • It often reduces tension and makes the inevitable separation easier.
  • It is also a cost-effective alternative.

The Role of the Mediator

Throughout the mediation process, the mediator remains a neutral party. This means that the mediator is not acting as advocate, judge, or jury. Rather, the mediator's purpose is to assist the parties in identifying and clarifying the issues that must be resolved. The family law mediator will help to develop a constructive dialogue that examines each issue with a focus on the parties' needs, interests, and priorities and does not provide legal advice or force either party to accept any specific terms.

When Is Mediation Appropriate?

At the end of the mediation, if the parties have settled on the terms for a separation agreement, the mediator drafts the agreement. We will then review the agreement and if parties are in agreement, present it to the court for approval.

Divorce mediation is not appropriate for all couples, especially in situations involving domestic violence. It is also not appropriate when one spouse overpowers the other or refuses to participate honestly, openly and with pure motives. If one spouse refuses to divulge all financial information or fails to cooperate with the mediator's guidelines, mediation is not appropriate;, the parties should communicate through their attorneys, and litigation may be appropriate.

An Experienced Divorce Attorney With Over More Than 30 Years of Experience Working With Newton Springs Family Law Mediators

If you feel mediation might be the right fit for your situation, contact our experienced family law attorney today to schedule a free consultation by calling toll free 888-854-0924, 330-984-0609 or send us an e-mail.