My role as mediator is to facilitate a discussion between the parties and help them to navigate their way through the decisions that need to be made as former spouses. As your mediator I am a neutral third party. I am not there to tell you what to do or make decisions for you. You know yourselves and your children best and it is my role to assist you to sort out the issues you want to address.
As parties in the mediation I ask that you come to the table with a willingness to speak honestly and openly with each other. I ask that you come with the sincere intention of finding resolution. Mediation is a confidential process.
I meet with each party prior to mediation to learn more about your unique situation, help you to define the issues and get you thinking about potential outcomes.
We then come together and I assist you to have a discussion with each other that addresses those issues in a respectful, collaborative manner. It is not uncommon for former spouses to find it difficult or sometimes even near impossible to have these conversations. It is my role to ease that stress, keep you on track and help you to find a way forward that is in the best interest of your children.
If an agreement is reached I will write up those agreements in a Memorandum of Understanding. I encourage each party to seek legal advice on the Memorandum before signing it.