Mediation is…Constructive Negotiation
The Understanding-Based Approach to Family Mediation
Many couples have the desire and ability to work through their issues together but receive little support in our society to do so. The goal of an understanding based approach to mediation is to tap into that desire and give expression to that ability with the support of a lawyer who acts as a neutral mediator.
The role of the mediator is solely to bring people to a point of reasonable agreement, as a neutral party. Although the mediator is typically an attorney, the mediator does not functioning as an attorney advocating the interests of separate individuals.
The mediator is like a referee, and as such, stands in the middle between the players.
The mediator stands in the middle of the two individuals and does not take sides, unlike an attorney who advocates for one person, bringing the dispute through the courts. Although the mediator is not allowed by the Court to represent either party, a mediator can draft an agreement which the parties have mediated, and the mediator can direct the litigants to where they may obtain court papers for filing.
Attorney Ann LoDolce, in the role of mediator, works together with the parties to come to a resolution on all matters. When the parties have reached an acceptable accord on all issues, Attorney LoDolce then drafts a full Agreement, which will ultimately be incorporated with the judgment.
Additionally, the office will either direct the parties as to how to obtain all the necessary court forms or will provide all necessary court forms for the parties to complete and file should they choose to represent their own interests. Through mediation, the parties, while guided by Attorney LoDolce’s expertise, have decisive control over the issues impacting their lives.
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In Divorce, a court has jurisdiction primarily over 4 disputed issues, which are like tracks going in the same direction, but do not necessarily cross:
- Child support
- Division of Property
In Divorce mediation, the issues to resolve can include some of or all of the four areas over which the Court has jurisdiction. When the couple sits down with the mediator, they need to resolve all related problems as well. For example, if the problem area is visitation, they need to deal with that even if custody is not in dispute.
The role of the lawyers in a traditional situation is to provide a voice of reason in an unreasonable situation. In mediation, the parties have an opportunity to find where they need to be reasonable in order to resolve their differences, thereby meeting their own needs. The reason the people are in mediation in the first place is that they are committed to end the dispute together, ostensibly reasonably.”