Mediation is a voluntary Alternate Dispute Resolution process that is facilitated by a neutral third party, the Mediator. The meetings are between the couple and the Mediator, and they are usually face-to face. The Mediator does not make decisions and is not a Judge. Rather, The Mediator assists in facilitating an agreement. The decisions are made by the couple. The Mediator may guide the couple; however, he or she cannot advise either party or act as an attorney for either party. Mediation, given that it is non-adversarial, sets the stage for creative problem-solving thereby creating an agreement that is lasting and durable and more likely to be honored.
The drawback to mediation is that the Mediator cannot draft the final paperwork that must be filed with the Court. One of the parties must obtain an attorney to draft these documents.
John Zoller and Mary Biacsi are both trained Mediators and have successfully handled a variety of mediation cases, including highly complex financial marital estates. If you are interested in more information about the Mediation Process, please contact our Cleveland office to inquire about an initial consultation with one of our attorneys.