The Law Office of Catherine R. Lighty provides mediation services for those who wish to utilize a less litigious means of divorcing.  Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process through which the people involved in a conflict can sit down with a trained, certified neutral third party to resolve their conflict.  Divorce can be a difficult decision and a painful process. When separation and divorce become inevitable, it is possible to design a process in which you and your spouse peacefully and civilly work together to make the transition. Divorce mediation is a collaborative effort between separating spouses and a mediator to develop an agreement which represents the best possible outcomes for all family members.

Divorce mediation is an alternative to the adversarial process of litigation. The purpose of mediation is to help separating, divorcing or divorced spouses fulfill their responsibility to make final decisions. The three main benefits of arbitration are:

  1. Spouses can maintain control over the resolution of their case, rather than having a Judge determine the outcome for them.
  2. Mediation is less expensive than litigation. There is little to no court time required in the intervention process and it negates both parties from having to hire individual attorneys.
  3. The process of mediation is faster than litigation. Most mediated cases are resolved within 90-120 days. Some litigated divorces take years to complete.

A trained mediator can facilitate communication and negotiations between separating spouses. Rather than seeking resolution of disputes through the court system, spouses are empowered to resolve their own disputes. It is generally far less expensive and much more amicable. This is particularly important if children are involved. If you and your spouse are considering separation or divorce, the process of having a trained mediator should not be overlooked.