FAQ: MEDIATION

As a Mediator, I have the training and knowledge to help you get through the mediation process efficiently. As a Family Law Attorney, I can offer insight into the legal process so that you can make informed decisions during mediation. 

What is mediation?
Mediation is a process for people to negotiate agreements with a neutral third party (mediator), ideally eliminating the need for costly litigation.

What happens if one party refuses to mediate?
Mediation is voluntary and a session can only be scheduled if both parties agree.

Are mediations confidential?
All communication during intake and in a mediation session is confidential except in cases of abuse.

Will mediators give suggestions as to how we can resolve our conflict?
The mediator’s primary role is to assist the parties in their discussion, so they are able to hear each other and decide how they wish to address the conflict. Suggestions may be provided as options if requested. However, the decisions are the parties alone.

Do I need a case pending in court to request mediation?
No. You do not need to be involved in a case to mediate. It is our goal to help you avoid litigation by resolving disputes without the need of going into court.

Is the mediation process fair?
Mediators are impartial and do not take sides. All decisions are made by the parties. Mediation is voluntary and either party can stop the process at any time.

How Do I Prepare for Mediation

It is recommended that all parties write out and submit to Stanley Law Firm an explanation of the current issue(s) to be mediated. Include in the writing your desired outcome and any concerns you have relative to mediating a resolution. Identify any documentation (exhibits) that you may want discussed, and bring it with you to the scheduled mediation. Other preparation may be necessary depending upon your personal situation.

Questionable motives to participate
If it is determined by the mediator that either party is unwilling to mediate for the purpose of resolution and is attempting to use the process to “build a case”, the mediator will terminate the mediation. All information obtained in mediation is confidential and cannot be used in court.

How do I ask the other party to mediate
How you choose to do discuss mediation may depend on several factors such as the level of hostility and your comfort with explaining the mediation process. We can provide you with materials or you can have them contact our office and we can explain the process to them and answer any questions they may have.


Mediation is an affordable alternative To retaining legal counsel.