by Brenda Shapiro, Esq.
When you are getting ready for your first mediation conversation, chances are that your mediator will share with you some tips and/or rules of the road to guide the conversation. The number of tips and the emphasis placed on each may vary from mediator to mediator but here are some of the critical considerations and commitments that we ask of our mediation clients.
- Enter into the mediation process in good faith and with the belief that a satisfactory resolution for the dispute is possible.
- Understand that the best possible solution for the dispute lies within you and the other party.
- Be willing to engage in the mediation process in a spirit of compromise and negotiation.
One of the beauties of mediation is that it can represent your last, best chance to reach resolution that you control. Being inflexible can result in the resolution being imposed upon you by a dis-interested third party such as a judge.
- Provide full and accurate information during the mediation process so that both parties are able to make informed decisions.
- Focus on the freedom of the "after" instead of being a victim of the "past".
About Brenda B. Shapiro, Esq.
Attorney Brenda B. Shapiro provides legal counsel to clients on family law matters, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, divorce, child custody, access and time-sharing, post-dissolution, domestic violence, and grandparents’ rights. She established the Law Offices of Brenda B. Shapiro, LLC in 1994, where she is managing partner. She is also a founding director of the Collaborative Family Law Institute. For more information, visit www.bbshapirolaw.com.