What is Mediation?
Mediation is a facilitated negotiation process, where a neutral third party (the mediator) assists you and your spouse to reach an agreement. The mediator does not make a decision. You can terminate the process at any time. Mediation is confidential. When a settlement is reached, it only becomes binding when you sign a formal written agreement. It is strongly recommended that each of you have independent legal advice. Your lawyer can attend mediation with you or can advise you from the sidelines.
Our Role in Mediation
Since a mediator must be neutral, a professional from Forward Family Law could act either as your mediator OR your lawyer, but we cannot provide you with both. Tamara and Joanne are both experienced mediators. If you retain us to provide mediation services, we can refer you to excellent "mediation-friendly" lawyers to provide you and your spouse independent legal advice. If you retain us as your advice lawyer, and you wish to use a mediation process, we can refer you to one of our trusted mediation colleagues outside of our firm.