If I had a dollar for every time I heard the following, I would be writing this article from my own private island somewhere in the Caribbean. Almost every day, I hear from couples and parties who have gone through the litigation process and when they meet with me I am told……
-Where were you 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago?
-I did not know mediation existed or was an option!
-We depleted our savings, retirement accounts, children’s college savings, or had to sell our home, just to pay for the attorney and legal fees!
-We ran out of money and were forced to sign a Stipulation/Agreement that was NOT in the best interest of our children or for ourselves.
There are many other stories and these are just a few. The mediation process allows the parties to have a say and input into the process along with what goes into the final Agreement. The mediator is not there to tell you what to do, but is there to help facilitate the conversation so that both parties can have a Final Agreement that not only works NOW but also in the FUTURE.
Mediation works for Family and Divorce issues, Post-Divorce issues, Prenuptial Agreements, Contract Disputes in addition to any conflict situation which needs to be resolved. The mediation process will save parties THOUSANDS of DOLLARS and many years of aggravation.
You owe it to yourself to at least find out about all avenues that are available to you before you decide to fight in court!!!