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The Benefits of Mediation
Simply put, mediation allows parties to try and settle their differences outside of a court of law. Typically, a mediated agreement is followed 80% of the time, whereas court orders are adhered to at a rate of 50%. Mediation is often less expensive and many times results in less conflict. Mediation proceedings also enable you to control the result (as opposed to leaving it up to a judge), while at the same time allowing you to focus more time on your children and day-to-day routine(s).
When Can I Employ Mediation?
Under Nebraska state law, mediation may be utilized to resolve conflicts involving parenting plans, child custody arrangements (including modifications), visitation rights and/or various financial matters. Mediation supports your ability and responsibility to make your own decisions regarding your life and family. Your mediator will address both parties as a neutral intermediary. Remember, a mediation is NOT the final decision-maker — you and your partner are.
Mediation is a voluntary process and will continue only as long as the three of you — you, your partner and the mediator — want it to. Mediation proceedings can be conducted weekly, biweekly, monthly or however often you and your spouse would like them to. Because it is YOUR mediation, every decision will be left up to you and the other party.
The Role of the Mediator
A mediator’s primary responsibility is to keep any and all lines of communication open, as well as to brainstorm ideas, foster empathy and assist the parties in their decision making process. An effective mediator will keep the parties focused on the relevant issues and do their best not to let them wander off track. A skilled mediator has the ability to help each party learn to communicate again, if only for the sake of their children (if applicable), and make their post-divorce relationship more cordial than the one they experienced while married.
Wesley S. Dodge Attorney at Law provides first-rate mediation counsel to families throughout Omaha and Douglas County. Call Mr. Dodge today at (402) 333-1604 to get started.