I’m preparing to go to mediation with my wife. What are some of the dos and don’ts I should know about?
I do not practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general tips on your situation.
Typically, an impartial and neutral third party will be present to facilitate a discussion between the parties in attendance at mediation in attempt to promote settlement of the issues.
The mediator does not get to make any substantive or binding decisions. You and your wife will, so you should never feel pushed or influenced by the mediator.
The mediator may provide you legal information, but will not – or should not – give you legal advice. Their role is really to facilitate discussions between the parties and ensure that the conversation remains respectful.
You should also know that mediation is confidential, so the information and discussions will not be shared. Mediation is always voluntary, so if you want to discontinue the session, that is acceptable.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than tips in your situation, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your potential case.