Mediation is a non-adversarial process in which the parties, along with the assistance of a trained mediator, discuss options, consider alternatives, and reach a mutually satisfactory agreement that works with the needs of their family.
Indy Family Mediation and Parenting Coordination specializes in mediating legal separations, divorce and post-dissolution modifications (i.e. parenting time, co-parenting conflicts, etc.), as well as elder mediations (i.e. disputes involving levels of care, safety, finances, etc.). The mediator does not represent either side and remains impartial and neutral through the confidential process. The mediator may brainstorm with the parties to find creative alternatives and offer ideas and suggestions; however, the parties ultimately decide what will be in their mediated agreement. Mediation provides a win-win, rather than a win-lose solution.
The mediator will discuss with the parties their areas of conflict and determine their needs and wants. Depending on the issues being mediated, the mediator may ask questions regarding assets, debts, budgets, relationships with the child(ren), behavioral habits, communication styles, emotional states, and levels of trust. Depending on the comfort level of the parties this can be done together or in separate rooms. During the discussions, the mediator will be actively listening, pointing out areas of alignment, and will be involved in helping the parties through the problem-solving process. A mediator is not a judge and does not decide who is right and who is wrong. Nor do they give legal advice. The parties do not need to have attorneys present during their mediation sessions; most couples work through mediation without attorneys. However, an attorney can always be consulted during and between sessions or be used to review documents, if legal advice is needed.
“An ounce of mediation is worth a pound of arbitration and a ton of litigation.”
Sessions are typically scheduled in 2 hour increments, but can also be scheduled as half day or full day sessions. During the sessions the mediator will be taking notes, capturing details on the items discussed and agreed upon. After each session, a preliminary draft of all items agreed to in that particular session will be emailed to the parties as a Memorandum of Understanding. At this time each party will review the memorandum and make notations if they see any items that need editing. Any edits will be emailed to the mediator and will be carbon copied to the other party in order to make sure all parties are in agreement. The Memorandums of Understanding from each session will be combined into a Mediated Agreement for final review and signatures. The document is then submitted to the court for approval.
Indy Family Mediation & Parenting Coordination will help provide a peaceful and efficient resolution that costs significantly less than litigating, create a private and confidential atmosphere where parties can work together to control the outcome and make decisions regarding their family instead of a judge, assist parents in developing a blueprint on how their child(ren) will be co-parented from separate households, and guide parents in how to peacefully co-parent for the betterment of their child(ren).