Reaching Agreements with Divorce Mediation
Mediation is a voluntary and private method to work with the assistance of a neutral mediator to help you reach a resolution. The mediator provides the structure; you make the decisions. As mediator, I keep the conversation on track, organize your financial information, and help you understand your options. This allows you to discuss and address your concerns and make sound agreements. I bring my skills as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® to the discussion, to help you consider the financial impacts of your options. I bring years of experience working with families to help you with your post-divorce parenting decisions.
Many Seattle-area couples find mediation to be an efficient and effective way to reach agreements in their divorce. The mediator does not make decisions for you, but manages and directs the conversation, and offers a structure that is conducive to gaining understanding and resolving differences.
The Mediation Process
When I work as mediator, we focus on the questions that need to be addressed, discuss what is important to each of you, and work towards solutions. Key is that everyone has a good understanding of the situation. Each mediation has “big picture” implications—the impact of the dispute itself on you and your family, and the impact of proposed solutions. We focus on both.
I bring to my mediations the skill, experience, and insights developed in over more than 30 years of working with divorcing families, to help you make sense of the questions you need to address in divorce. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® professional, I can help you divide property and debt, decide on support, consider tax consequences, and reality-test scenarios, so you can make good decisions for yourself and your family. My background includes helping write some of Washington’s laws about parenting plans.
Mediation: Working Together
Mediation involves working together in same room to discuss important questions. If you and your spouse are up to doing that, mediation can be an excellent fit. Important to success is the willingness of all to commit to working together to find solutions, and an ability to maintain common courtesy while discussing concerns and important questions.
Mediators in Washington State are prohibited from preparing legal documents to formalize the divorce agreements and for court. As part of my services, I prepare a Memorandum of Understanding that provides the details of my understanding of all agreements you have reached.
The Memorandum of Understanding is designed to simplify preparing the legal documents, whether you have them prepared by an attorney or prepare them yourselves. For a divorce, court involvement is limited to the formality approving the agreements you have reached.
For those wishing to have the documents prepared and the court formalities handled by an attorney (highly recommended!), or simply wish to get some legal advice along the way, I can provide you with referrals. Mediation can be an excellent way to keep legal fees contained.
I provide mediation and facilitation that concern a wide array of family law and other questions, including:
Property and debt division;
Marital and Relationship Mediation;
Family Mediation (Family Disputes);
Partnership and Business Disputes; and
Most other types of disputes, whether between people, organizations, businesses, or government. Our office is designed to provide a comfortable, safe, and neutral place for people in which to have productive discussions about issues that matter.
For More Information About Mediation in Seattle
If you are interested in learning more about the divorce (or other) mediation, or other facilitation, contact us at (206) 622-6707 or fill out the form on this page.