Frequently Asked Questions

Lane & Lane Office SignWHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is defined as a “process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute.“ The process of mediation allows the parties to reach a resolution of their issues on their own terms in a much more time sensitive and cost effective way. In Family and Matrimonial matters, the issues are particularly important and personal. Mediation provides you with the opportunity to tailor your agreement in a way that is unique and specific to your family dynamic and your family needs.

Every family is unique and deserves to be treated uniquely. We can provide the unique treatment that your family needs and deserves.

WHY CHOOSE MEDIATION?
Would you rather pay for your kids college education or your lawyer’s kids college education? The answer is obvious. The time, stress and costs of litigation are prohibitive. The end result is a Judge, who does not know you, your spouse or your children, making life altering decisions that will significantly impact your life and possibly the lives of your children. While the litigation process does allow you to make your arguments to the Court, the ultimate decision is made by a Judge.

Unlike litigation, mediation is a process that allows you to craft your own resolution. You are a participant, not a spectator. A mediated agreement is something that reflects your direct participation. The guess work, anxiety and high costs of litigation are removed from the equation. We can help you find an amicable resolution to any of your marital issues including spousal support, child support, child custody, division of assets and debts, and any other issue that is important to your family on your own terms.

WHEN IS MEDIATION APPROPRIATE?
In almost every circumstance mediation is appropriate. Whether you are mediating every possible issue or a select one or few issues we have the experience to assist you in finding your solution. We are willing to and can assist you at every possible step of the divorce and post-divorce process.

WHAT IS THE MEDIATOR’S ROLE?
The role of the mediator is to be a facilitator and to help guide the participants toward a mutually acceptable agreement. A mediator is not a judge or an advocate. While many mediators are lawyers, a mediator is not acting in a representative role. The mediator is a neutral participant who assists both parties in reaching their own agreement. This process allows people to specifically tailor an agreement that meets the specific needs of their family. The Lane Mediation Center is here to help you reach your own settlement on your own terms. No matter what issues are most significant, we have the experience to help you find your solution.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Since every case is unique, you can expect the Lane Mediation Center to treat your case with care and the respect that you deserve. The Lane Mediation Center does not apply a “cookie cutter” or “one size fits all“ approach. At the Lane Mediation Center, you can expect personalized care and attention for your matter.

WHAT TO BRING:
Bring an open mind and a willingness to resolve your matter amicably in a non-litigation setting. Since every case is unique, the specifics about what to bring may vary.

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