How Can Mediation Help You?
Sometimes it is best to work together while addressing family law issues such as child custody, parenting time, child support, alimony, and property division. Through mediation, you and your spouse, or child’s other parent, work with a neutral person who will gather information about your family dispute and meet with both of you to find a solution. Although you may have attorneys advising you in the background, most mediation sessions in the family law context do not include attorneys in the room.
Linda Sternberg, Esquire, has more than 35 years of family law experience as a Watertown family law attorney and mediator. We will use this experience to help you reach a settlement of your divorce or paternity case in the least stressful way. As your law firm, we may recommend mediation or collaborative law to resolve your family law matter without the combative atmosphere of a courtroom. In addition to providing legal advice to individuals engaged in the mediation process, we can be retained jointly by the parties to serve as a neutral mediator when we do not have a lawyer-client relationship with either party.
Mediation is focused on your needs. Throughout the mediation process, we will meet with you and the other party to share information and discover your goals. Then we will help you and your spouse or child’s other parent seek a solution together, with guidance based on the law. Usually, your lawyer will not be a part of the mediation process but can advise you before or after the sessions.
You may also use divorce mediation to help resolve a single issue such as child custody, a parenting plan, or property division. By agreeing to resolve the issue through the use of a mediator, you may be able to reach an out-of-court settlement. In a case of contested child custody, mediation can help parents reach a resolution without exposing their children to the potential conflict of traditional litigation.
If mediation is not successful, you are not bound by the results. You retain the option of litigating any unresolved issues in court.
As your attorneys, we can represent you during mediation to ensure that you know your rights and are achieving your desired result.
Seek the help of a strong advocate during the mediation process. With more than 35 years of collective experience in Massachusetts family law, we are able to give you guidance on resolving your family law issue through the mediation process. For more information or to set up a consultation regarding mediation, contact the Watertown office of Linda Sternberg, Esquire at 617-454-4705 or by email.