What is Mediation?
More people facing divorce are turning to mediation as a user friendly process that reduces cost, both personal and financial. Mediation can save not only money, but it can also reduce the emotional toll on your family by avoiding a lengthy court battle. It can avoid the more confrontational approach that so often ends up taking a long time and a judge ultimately making the decisions for you.
Mediation is a confidential process in which the mediator helps people talk and listen to each other about what is important to them - what they each want and what they want for their chldren.
- When chldren are involved, it is a way of creating a parenting plan that is unique to parents and children's needs.
- A mediator is neutral and does not take sides.
- In mediation, people gain get a clearer understanding of their situation and a better view of each other's perspectives.
The decisions made in mediation become the elements of their Decree after they get the advice of their attorneys.
Mediation can help open the lines of communication. In mediation, you can tell the other person what is important to you about the situation and how it has affected you. You can tell them what you want them to understand. You can ask questions. You can hear what they have to say. Sometimes mediation is the only chance people have to talk directly to each other, to talk things through and to be heard. Most of the time, people hear new information in mediation. Often, people feel heard for the first time.
There is no agreement in mediation unless you both agree to it.
Most people are sure that mediation won't work for them. Yet over 70% of the people who mediate reach an agreement, and they are surprised. When people do reach agreement, they save money and time and, more importantly, they make their own decisions.
Even when people do not reach an agreement in mediation, they often find that they are clearer on what to do next and better able to move on.
How Can a Mediator Help?
By being a good listener. Mediators are trained to be objective. We can help you clarify difficult issues, see them from a different angle and provide support while you talk about them.
Certified mediators are professionals who have demonstrated competency in their fields thru training, testing, credentialing, and continuing education.
Our mediator adheres to the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators.
How to Contact Us
Some people choose to come for mediation on their own, and others are referred by their attorney or the courts.
At Therapy Group, Inc., all calls and appointments are confidential. You can feel safe in knowing what you say is private.
Call 319-209-2084 with questions or to schedule a mediation appointment, or email your questions to [email protected] Our mediator is approved for court-ordered mediation to satisfy the family law requirement in Iowa and Illinois.