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Mediation - Top 10 Questions
The Mediation Orientation is the first contact Kelly has with both parties.Any previous contact with our office is with staff regarding protocol or pricing. It is important for both parties to understand Kelly’s capacity as a mediator, and trust that she did not previously give legal advice to either party, or favor one party over the other.
Both parties must attend the initial Mediation Orientation.In order for mediation work, the parties must choose this option. If Kelly gives legal advice to one side, she is automatically conflicted out from representing the other side; as well as mediator. If only one party attends, the orientation becomes a legal consultation, which costs $500.
Kelly does not communicate with either party in between sessions.There are no secret phone calls or emails. Both parties are copied on all emails. Calls to the office are answered by staff regarding procedure, pricing or scheduling.
My husband is being difficult and refuses to mediate. He already hired a lawyer. I want to hire you to mediate for me.
This is a tough situation to be in. Mediation only works if both of you are in agreement to mediate. Read this article if your spouse is refusing to mediate.
If the other side has hired a lawyer, there is an imbalance of power. In this situation, you can still mediate if he agrees. But here is how this would work: Kelly would be a neutral mediator. Your husband/wife would have a lawyer. And you would represent yourself.
Thus, in this situation where your husband/wife has already hired a lawyer, we recommend that you also hire a lawyer. The case can still settle, but Kelly would not be a mediator in your case. You can hire Kelly to be your attorney – the first step is to book a legal consultation.