THE MEDIATION PROCESS
Mediation is a voluntary, cooperative settlement process in which the mediator, as a neutral, knowledgeable party, assists the parties in identifying the issues to be addressed, gathering and analyzing the necessary information and formulating a formal Agreement.
Potential matters can range from divorce, separation, post-divorce modifications, post-divorce contempts and parenting plans.
At the completion of mediation, a formal Agreement to be filed with the Court will be generated by attorney Whish. Parties are encouraged to retain individual counsel to review agreements reached during the mediation process and the final Agreement.
STARTING THE PROCESS
1. Initial Contact
Contact attorney Melissa Whish by phone (781) 871-2250, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the Contact Request form. You will receive a prompt response from attorney Whish to discuss the particulars of your situation and to answer any questions you may have.
2. Make An Appointment
A mutually agreeable date and time for the first meeting will be determined during the initial contact. Prior to the initial appointment, the parties will receive a Mediation Agreement and a Court generated Financial Statement to be completed and returned to attorney Whish for review and discussion at the initial meeting.
3. Payment of Fees
The fee for mediation is $200 per hour and is shared by the parties. There is no up-front retainer required. The fees are payable at the completion of each session. Payment for preparation of a final Agreement and Court documents necessary to schedule a Court hearing is due prior to preparation of these documents. The fees for preparation of the Agreement vary according to the complexity of the document.
4. Completion of Mediation
The end result of successful mediation is a legal Agreement which comports with the law and incorporates the terms agreed upon. This Agreement, along with the necessary supporting Court documents will be filed with the Court by attorney Whish in order to schedule a hearing. The Court hearing will result in the Agreement becoming an Order/Judgment which is then enforceable by the Court. Only the parties, not the mediator, attend the hearing which is brief when there is a completed Agreement.