Many people on Long Island may have some idea of what mediation is but may not fully understand the details.
It is an option that many people use to resolve their divorce, child custody issue or other matter related to family law.
The process is not suitable for every case, and ultimately whether to pursue it is an option to be discussed with an attorney. In some cases, the court may order mediation even over a person’s concerns about it.
Even when not ordered, many people favor mediation because they see it as a way to save time, money and stress going to court.
It also gives people a sense of being able to control the outcome of their own cases, and many parents find the process to be easier emotionally on their children.
How does mediation work?
The couple will generally have to agree on a mediator, who is usually an attorney or other professional with experience in divorce or family law. After getting some background information, the mediator will work with each side.
The goal is not to decide who is right on any issue but to help them resolved their difference and thus end their family law dispute. The process is confidential, and no one is forced to sign an agreement. If the couple cannot agree, they will simply continue to prepare for trial.
If the couple does reach an agreement, the mediator may help the couple put their agreement into writing. Ultimately, they will submit their agreement to the court.