Mediation is a voluntary, non-adversarial process where the mediator is usually an attorney who acts as a neutral facilitator assisting clients in communicating and identifying, and resolving issues in their marriage. The meetings between the couple and the mediator are either face-to-face or via Zoom. The Mediator does not make any decisions and does not act as a judge. Mediation allows for creative problem-solving. The mediator does not represent either party as “their lawyer” and cannot prepare the final agreements and legal documents. The parties agree, and the mediator guides the couple but cannot act as an attorney for either party. The mediator does not make decisions for the couple and does not offer any legal advice. A mediator assists each party in understanding the issues both parties face. The mediation process allows parties to keep control over their decisions and allows the parties to address their needs and interests. Anna Petronzio is a trained mediator and has successfully handled many mediation cases, both simple and complex.
There are so many advantages to mediation, such as:
- Parties can keep control over their own decisions to meet their own needs and are allowed to be creative in their solutions.
- Mediation allows the couple to consider personal issues that usually are not addressed in litigation.
- Parties have the opportunity to address issues that litigation does not allow.
Mediation is not for every couple:
- The mediator cannot act as counsel for either party.
- The mediator is cannot prepare final agreements and other legal documents.
- The mediator is limited in their power if a party is obstructing discovery.