Andrews Family Law and Mediation Offices

Is Mediation Right For Us?

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a solving process in which a neutral professional helps people in conflict clearly define the issue in dispute and to reach agreements that are in the best interest of the family. Mediators strive to help mediation participants resolve misunderstandings and communicated more clearly with each other by reducing hostile and competitive feelings.

Mediation is often a good first step in working out disagreements where the parties are open to try to work out their differences outside of the courts. Many of the time litigants in family court are ordered by the court to attempt to mediate as many problems as possible, and then if there are issues left unresolved the court will step in.

What if we cannot work it out?

The mediation process may not resolve all issues, it can narrow the issues and even partial agreements can help participants lesson the time and expense of going to court. Sometimes it is helpful to suspend mediation and participate in individual or couple counseling, or consultation with an attorney. Parties are then often able to return to mediation and resolve the remaining issues.

Are there times when mediation is not a good idea?

Mediation is most effective when both parties are able to fully express their needs and interests and are capable of following through on any agreements that they reach.

Mediation may not be the best choice if there are concerns about domestic violence, child abuse, mental illness or abuse of drugs or alcohol.

Family conflicts are natural and normal and strong feelings are not unusual when there is a separation or divorce.

If you have any additional questions about the mediation process, Andrews Law and Mediation Offices may be able to help. For a consultation, fill out our Initial Consultation Form which you may e-mail or fax directly to us, and a member of our staff will call you to arrange for a free consultation appointment.