If you are considering engaging in the process of mediation to divorce your spouse or resolve family law issues in an efficient manner, you may have questions about the role of the mediator. Mediation is a way for parties to save time and money spent on a trial and agree to terms outside of court. The mediator is hired to guide parties towards an amicable conclusion. With everyone’s interests in mind, the mediator facilitates a meeting focused on reaching common goals. If you need a mediator to help you through the process and ease you towards a more positive conclusion to your marriage dissolution or family law matter, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger.
The Mediator’s role
The role of a mediator is to guide a couple through a productive and respectful negotiation process with the goal of resolving issues outside of court. A mediator is an impartial third party who works with clients to come to a manageable conclusion to their legal matter. A mediator helps the couple determine and weigh options in a respectful manner and facilitate a productive negotiation. In addition, a mediator assists in the active listening of the other party’s desires and concerns about the future. The Mediator does not make any decisions for the clients.
A mediator has everyone’s interests in mind. When one party wants to speak about an issue in private before it is brought to the table and the other party agrees to allow it, the mediator can take the time to discuss the matter and bring it to the negotiation in a constructive manner. This allows the parties to feel comfortable with the process, address all issues, and feel confident that they were fully heard in the end.
At the end of the process, the mediator will draft a Separation Agreement that addresses each party’s concerns and issues, have the parties sign the document, and use the Separation Agreement as the basis for obtaining a Judgment of Divorce with the court if the couple wishes to go through with their dissolution. Though a Separation Agreement is handled outside of court, a presiding Justice of the Supreme Court of will issue the Judgment of Divorce to end the marriage. Your Separation Agreement will contain language about child custody, visitation, support, and a division of the couple’s assets and debts.
Contact a Rockland County mediator you can trust
Leslye M. Schlesinger has been a legal resource for the people of New City and all of Rockland County for over 30 years. In that time, she has guided countless clients through the process of mediation and helped them avoid the impact of litigation. Mediation is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to settle divorce issues. It saves a couple time, money, and the emotional turmoil of a drawn-out court battle. If you need quality and compassionate legal services from a seasoned alternative dispute resolution attorney, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger today.