What is Mediation?
Mediation gives all participants the opportunity to speak and be heard. We help you to identify the issues that need to be resolved, to generate and consider possible solution options, to reach a mutually agreeable solution and put the agreement into a written form in understandable language. There does not need to be a "winner" and a "loser" in a divorce as long as it is kept from becoming a legal battle.
What mediation is NOT...
Mediation is not like going to court. You are in a relaxed atmosphere where the necessary issues that must be addressed regarding your divorce will be discussed in a respectful and adult manner.
While it is not always necessary to retain the services of an attorney, Mediation is not intended to be a substitute for legal counsel. The Mediator may not give legal advice and each party is encouraged to consult with an attorney if they have any legal questions or concerns.
A Georgia Supreme Court Certified Mediator WILL NOT:
- Provide Legal Advice
- Provide Financial Advice
- Pass judgment on what is right or wrong
- Dispense decision-making authority regarding the issues of your case
- Mediation can be used in any type of conflict or litigation:
- Dissolution of Marriage
- Homeowners Association Disputes
- Construction Disputes
- Mortgage Foreclosures
- Contract Disputes
- Personal Injury Cases
- Wrongful Death Cases
- Medical Malpractice
- Negligence Cases
- Probate/Contesting a Will
- Estate Planning-Care of an Aging Loved One
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. The role of the mediator includes, but is not limited to, assisting the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives. In Mediation, decision-making authority rests with the parties.
Mediation is an informal and non-adversarial process, with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. The strength of mediation lies in its practical approach to the issues at hand.
In Georgia, all litigated cases will be referred for mediation prior to a court date. Mediation has a success rate of up to 90%, which means most cases will not be heard in court.