Mediation is a problem solving process in which an impartial third party acts to encourage and enable the resolution to a dispute. It is an informal and non-adversarial process intended to help parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement where all parties win. The goal is satisfaction for both sides, and helping both parties avoid a lengthy and costly court proceeding.

Person signing mediation papers

Mediation is based on the concepts of negotiation, facilitation and problem solving which emphasizes fairness, procedural flexibility, confidentiality, and full disclosure between the parties.

In family law, mediation provides long-term benefits in helping all parties learn to communicate better. This is particularly important in cases where there are children involved. Even if the process becomes adversarial, a concerted effort to work things out can minimize the conflict.

Divorce and other family conflicts need to be dealt with carefully, taking into account the children’s best interests and long-term relationships within the family. Vervaecke Law & Mediation knows how to take these interests into account and work towards solutions that spare everyone the emotional and financial costs involved in a trial.