When families face disputes that are traditionally handled in the legal arena, they often do not know of some alternatives that are available to them. These options are less costly emotionally and financially.
Above and Beyond Conflict knows the short and long term benefits of mediating family issues. One of the greatest gifts of mediating a disagreement is the opportunity to preserve the family relationships through communication not available in court related processes.
Mediation is … a process whereby people negotiate an agreement together with a professional, registered mediator. This is usually accomplished in one or two sessions of 2-4 hours each, with both parties meeting with the mediator in a conference room. This produces a Memorandum of Understanding. This document that the parties generate will cover all the issues that needed to be resolved.
Mediation is usually a calm, pleasant experience where everyone has a chance to state his/her needs and propose possible solutions to the issues at hand.
Private mediations are not court connected. The families select a mediator and work in a private location, usually the mediator’s office. They may come with or without an attorney. Agreements made are not legally binding until they go through the court system.
Court assigned mediations – are not as private and you relinquish some of your control over the selection of a mediator. Agreements signed during a court-assigned mediation are binding upon signature in some counties in Georgia. Some counties allow a three day waiting period in which to make changes. You should check with the county in which you are filing for their rules.
If you do not have an attorney or do not choose to retain an attorney to complete the legal process, you can file directly with the court. This is called “pro se” or representing yourself. Again, call the Superior Court Clerk in the county in which you live for directions on how to do that.
At Above and Beyond Conflict, our mediators are non-attorneys with counseling backgrounds which makes them uniquely qualified to help families navigate the dynamics of their own communication style, and prevent them from getting stuck in “give in” or “dig in” positions.
Give us a call and we will be happy to have a conversation with you about your family’s needs.
After reaching an agreement with one of the mediators at Above and Beyond Conflict, we will direct you to the next step. We maintain a list of attorneys, who will, for an additional charge, file the paperwork and carry your divorce through to a conclusion with the judge.
• Divorce -Mediating a divorce agreement is probably the most commonly mediated issue. The process of mediation helps the couple move towards a post-divorce co-parenting relationship that is more civil and eases the transition for the children from a two parent household to two single parent households. Children need to realize that they still have one family only now living in two households.
• Separation - Families can mediate separation agreements with the intent of eventually divorcing or trying to repair the marriage while separated. Buying time is a great stress reducer and leveler of emotions. Getting some space can clear confusion. Again, we help with a plan for accomplishing separation goals.
• Reconciliation- Agreements for couples trying to save their marriage
• Pre- nuptial and post-nuptial agreements can also be mediated with good success. Couples can discuss the reasons for such documents and develop an understanding of where their fiance/spouse is coming from as they work to develop an agreement.
• Vulnerable family member - A growing area of need is mediating issues surrounding a disabled or elderly family member for whom some necessary changes are forthcoming. It is the grown siblings that often must come together to discuss solutions and generate a plan. A skilled and impartial third party can be valuable in this process, especially when family members disagree on what decisions should be made or there are differing conflict resolution styles among family members.