To help prepare you for your mediation session, here is a brief description of what you might expect and not necessarily in this order:
- You will each have uninterrupted time to explain your perspective of the situation as I would like more details and mutual understanding as to what your interests are. I ask that you not interrupt each other as you will have an opportunity to speak and ask questions when the other is finished speaking. I may interrupt you for the sake of clarification to obtain greater understanding of how you perceive the situation. Consider bringing a notebook to write down questions or comments you want to remember when it is your turn to speak uninterrupted. If you would like to bring an attorney or a support person, I will need to know ahead of time, and you may have to sit in separate rooms.
- Once you have both had an opportunity to clarify issues and perceptions of the issues I will summarize my understanding of the issues that you would like to discuss in more depth and that you would like to have satisfied. If you both agree that I have a clear understanding, we will create and prioritize an agenda to work from.
- This process sometimes requires that I speak separately with each of you to work through some idea generating solutions, some time for reflection, gather your facts, or just some time to process your emotions. These separate meetings are confidential and will not be discussed when we come back together unless you want to share or instruct me to share what was discussed in private. If mediating virtually, the mediation software allows me to put parties “on hold.”
- We will work together to create options and then the two of you can decide what you think is best for yourselves going forward.
- Before the end of the meeting I will summarize what has been discussed, and what actions have been agreed upon moving forward. If you need more than the 2 hours of allotted time that was scheduled, we can discuss another meeting to pick up where we have left off.
- Throughout the mediation, I will have taken notes for my own reference, and use them to construct a Mediation Summary. The Mediation Summary is included in my hourly fee. Additional fees may apply for travel, phone time, completion of court forms, or other documents and will be invoiced separately.
- It is always recommended that you speak to professionals such as attorneys and tax professionals before signing anything. There may be serious legal and tax implications to whatever the two of you decide to do. The parties understand that no agreement will be considered final and binding unless the agreement is signed by all parties.