Mediation is a voluntary settlement process where parties work together to find solutions which work best for them.
Everybody’s life is different, finding solutions and agreements that work for each individual can be difficult but can be more effective and more inexpensive than litigation.
At its core, mediation is a without prejudice meeting wherein the parties are able to speak freely and honestly without having to have their words thrown back at them in Court (with the notable exception of statements which show children are at risk).
Mediation is a very valuable tool for parties who want to limit costs and desire that the decisions being made in their lives are theirs. The agreements coming out of mediation are specifically tailored to the decisions of the parties and as such reflect what they want.
An agreement reached in mediation is not necessarily binding on the parties and may require independent legal advice, especially where matrimonial property is at issue. Parties are always encouraged to consult with their counsel, if they have them, throughout the process.