Mediation is a process in which opposing parties attempt to reach an agreement outside of court with the assistance of a neutral third-party facilitator. A Seattle divorce mediation lawyer at our firm can help you understand the process and navigate the proceedings.
Early mediation involves working with a mediator over a period of time, starting early in the case, to make decisions about gathering information, developing greater understanding of what is important to each party, brainstorming possible solutions, and reaching an agreement. This is an option for couples who can work together and do not need to have attorneys included in most discussions. The mediator does not make decisions, but works with both parties to help them find common ground for agreement. The mediator helps the parties to explore a variety of possible solutions suggested either by the parties or by the mediator.
Settlement conference mediation is where the parties (and their attorneys, if they have attorneys) meet with a mediator shortly before trial to see if they can come to an agreement based on what they think the court is going to do. Unlike early mediation, this typically happens in a single extended meeting, with detailed information about the case provided to the mediator in advance.
If you are interested in having one of our attorneys act as your mediator, we ask that the initial meeting be with both you and your spouse, so that the other party is not concerned about what might have been said behind their back to influence the mediator.
Our mediators also encourage each party to have an attorney he or she can consult with for legal advice and who can prepare any legal documents that are needed.
We encourage you to take a look at our Seattle divorce mediation lawyer profiles to find the best fit for your needs. If you are unsure of what to ask or how to look for the right divorce attorney, contact us and we’ll be happy to help match you with the right attorney for your situation.