Resolving Disputes Through Our Mediation Services
Mediation is a process where parties attempt to resolve their family law issues with aid of a neutral party and without court intervention. It enables parties to reach their own agreements, while taking into account each person’s needs and interests. In divorce or custody situations, mediation can help maintain the family’s integrity and helps individuals move forward with their lives in a civil and respectful manner.
At Reich & Truax, PLLC, our attorneys provide mediation services in family law matters. We can help determine if this is the right option for your situation. From our Southport office, we serve clients throughout Connecticut.
Entering Into Mediation
Parties can enter mediation either before or after an action such as a divorce proceeding commences. Many parties choose mediation from the beginning, although others may seek help after an action has commenced in order to stop further litigation.
Although Connecticut has no formal requirements for the practice of mediation in private settings, it is helpful to choose a mediator who has formalized training or certification. Some mediators in our office have been trained for certification through Florida Supreme Court mediation program, while others have taken local training. Florida is one of the states that requires certification and has extensive rules and regulations with respect to mediators and mediation, including mandatory continuing mediation education.
The Mediation Process
At the outset, the mediator in our office will meet with the parties for a brief session to ensure that they are appropriate candidates for a mediated settlement. If all parties agree to proceed with mediation, we will then discuss the discovery and financial documents to be provided during the mediation process for full and accurate disclosure. It is only with full disclosure that the parties can reach a fair and equitable agreement.
It is important to note that mediators do not represent either party in the mediation process, but instead act as a neutral intended to help them reach an agreement on their own. The mediator will neither file court papers nor appear in court on either party’s behalf.
Contact Our Lawyers To Find Out If Divorce Mediation Is Right For You
Mediation is often less expensive and time-consuming than traditional litigation. To learn more, call 203-254-9877 or contact us online. We serve clients in Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut.