Divorce Mediation is a process that is provided by the Hart Law Firm for couples that are able to resolve most, but not all of the issue of their case. At mediation, the spouses will have discussions about what will go into their Separation Agreement (parenting arrangements, division of marital property, support, etc.) with the help of a skilled, neutral mediator.
The mediator will remain unbiased and will not provide legal advice. The couple meets with the mediator for up to four 2-hour conferences. Prior to and in between mediation sessions, each spouse may engage a Collaborative Attorney with whom they may consult to answer questions or get legal advice. The spouses and their attorneys sign the collaborative pledge prior to the mediation sessions.
Following the final mediation session, the couple, the mediator, and the attorneys meet as a group to discuss the agreements reached. The attorneys then jointly prepare the legal Separation and Property Settlement Agreement based upon the agreements reached in Mediation. This process is appropriate when both spouses feel reasonably competent to negotiate for themselves with the help of a neutral third party.