The Deer Lake Law Group encourages spouses to consider a family mediation whenever possible. Mediation allows families to deal with their issues without further escalating the conflict between them.
By working with a Family Mediator, couples can address all issues that arise from the breakdown of the relationship, but with less stress and generally, achieve resolution in less time than with litigation. The Family Mediator is an impartial, knowledgeable third-party who will work with both spouses until a mutually acceptable agreement is reached and couples achieve a "win – win" result. Mediation is less costly than litigation and negates the need for court intervention. By choosing mediation, the parties control the process, including the costs and the time dedicated to the resolution of the issues.
The Family Mediator at the Deer Lake Law Group will guide the discussion and ensure that the decisions made by both spouses are sound, well-informed, and voluntary choices.
In certain situations, the Mediator will advise the parties to seek independent legal counsel in order to better understand how their intended decisions may affect them or their family in the future.
Focusing on your New Life
Traditional mediation emphasizes the importance of understanding what problems led to the break up of the relationship and unmasking emotions that may create obstacles to achieving resolution.
The Deer Lake Law Group is a future-focused divorce negotiation process which aims to settle issues of spousal support, child support and custody, and asset division based on Financial Disclosure and information about legal rights and obligations.
Prior to commencing the Mediation process, the Family Mediator will conduct a private Pre-Mediation Session by telephone with each spouse to explain how mediation works and to understand the unique needs of each party. Once the Family Mediator is engaged, mediation appointments may be attended separately or together, as the Mediator and the parties agree. The Family Mediator is further able to work effectively towards a timely consensus using email correspondence, telephone conference, and Skype.
Unlike litigation where Affidavits are filed in court and become a matter of public record, all information revealed during the mediation process remains confidential and is inadmissible as evidence in any legal proceeding.