Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process for resolving disputes and creating solutions that work for the family. Resolution is reached with the assistance of a mediator. The mediator does not make decisions for you. The power to make decisions rests with the parties participating in mediation.

An individual trained in mediation, such as Attorney Peggy L. Podell, facilitates the discussions. When she acts as mediator, Attorney Podell does not give legal advice. Attorney Podell’s role in the mediation process is to help you identify issues and gather information. Through the use of non-coercive problem solving techniques, suggestions as to how issues might be resolved, and information about the law and legal process if issues are brought to court for a decision, she can help you move toward agreement.

The pleadings and forms required by the court are prepared by the parties. The mediator can, however, help the parties select the appropriate form.

Mediation can be used to deal with issues in divorce and legal separation. Mediation can also be used for issues concerning child custody, placement time with a child, valuation of assets, property division, child support, and maintenance (also called spousal support) whenever the issues arise including post judgment. The drafting of pre-nuptial agreements or post-nuptial agreements or disputes involving pre-nuptial agreement can be dealt with through mediation as well.