WHAT DOES A MEDIATOR DO?
The mediator is an impartial third party who guides the process of creating divorce, custody and parenting agreements by identifying the needs and concerns of each party and helping to generate potential solutions. The mediator’s role is to assist the parties in reaching their own decisions, not to take sides or make decisions for the parties. Emily Vener-Giszter is a family law attorney and is familiar with relevant legal issues. She has a responsibility to make sure that all clients are aware of them. However, while acting as a mediator, Emily cannot give individualized legal advice.
HOW DOES MEDIATION HELP PROTECT FAMILIES AND CHILDREN?
- Mediation provides parties greater control over the outcome of their divorce and custody arrangements than traditional litigation.
- Mediation has the potential of protecting children from “being in the middle” of contentious parental conflict.
- The mediator is available to work with attorneys and therapists to assure that all parties’ needs, including those of the children, are carefully considered and addressed.
- In caring for aging or challenged loved ones, mediation can help family members to work through conflicts and identify and memorialize an agreement and action plan.
- Because mediation is often significantly less expensive than standard litigation, financial resources are better preserved for the family.
HOW CAN MEDIATION REDUCE COSTS?
Unlike a litigated settlement, attorneys will not be as intimately involved in creating the details of your personalized settlement. This will reduce the likelihood of contentious, adversarial, painful and prolonged litigation and therefore reduce overall expenses.
HOW MUCH DOES MEDIATION COST?
- An initial one-half hour screening/information session is free.
- The charge for mediation is $200 per hour. Sessions are typically 2 hours each. A retainer fee is requested prior to the first session. Any retainer fee not used will be returned in full.
- Sliding fee and payment arrangements may be available upon request.