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Do mediators go to court?

Most family mediators don’t believe their role is for court-related purposes.  We do not represent you in court, nor do we provide you with legal advice.  Our role is to offer a safe and secure environment to help you make good decisions for you and your family.

Mediation costs substantially less than going… Continue reading

Do I need a lawyer if I mediate?

The answer is yes.

Stephen Rosenfield strongly recommends that each party retain legal counsel for Independent Legal Advice, (I.L.A.), to review the draft agreement and financial forms.  Separation is often the most costly expense you will incur during your lifetime.  Stephen Rosenfield can refer you to family law lawyers to review your… Continue reading

What if a settlement can’t be reached?

In our experience, 80% of couples reach fair agreements.  20% will continue to fight until both parties are ready to reach agreement or there is a court order.  If the circumstances are too contentious, most mediators will be able to let the couple know within 1-2 sessions.  There is no magic formula… Continue reading

What is a Separation Agreement?

Most people who separate have never seen a Separation Agreement.  A Separation Agreement is a contract that provides a legal understanding between both parties regarding issues pertaining to

  • future parenting and decision-making
  • financial responsibilities
  • debt repayment
  • medical expenses
  • life insurance
  • dividing personal property
  • decisions regarding the matrimonial home
  • equalizing the couple’s assets
  • and more.… Continue reading

How long are the sessions and how much time does mediation take?

Every couple has different issues to resolve.  Some issues are simple while others are quite complicated.  If your situation is typical, 4-6 sessions, of 1.5-3 hours each, are required.  In addition, considerable time is spent on the phone, emailing, and drafting the agreement, budgets and financial forms.

Why choose Rosenfield Mediation?

Stephen Rosenfield believes that a family mediator should help couples resolve both parenting issues and financial issues.  For example, to mediate regarding children’s extracurricular activities while not being able to resolve who will pay for those activities serves no purpose.

Stephen Rosenfield is able to provide full and comprehensive draft Memorandums of Understanding, which… Continue reading

What kind of mediation do you practice?

For the most part, Rosenfield Mediation uses a “closed mediation” process, which is confidential, nurturing and creates an environment conducive to improved problem solving.  Anything said during mediation is private, unless both parties agree otherwise.

What do we talk about during mediation?

During my many years of practice, I have come to expect the unexpected.

Most mediations have common themes, but no two couples are the same.  Therefore, all issues pertaining to the family can be addressed and mediated.  The usual issues are

  • children
  • parenting responsibility
  • time spent between each parent and the children
  • living… Continue reading

When should I commence mediation?

Family mediation can begin at any time.  Sometimes couples want to resolve issues before telling their children they are separating.  They want their children to hear what has jointly been decided. Other times, parents need considerable assistance.  High-conflict families require immediate help to resolve even minor issues and sometimes, lawyers require very… Continue reading

Who should participate in Family Mediation?

Successful mediation participants initiate mediation because they to be treated fairly, but need assistance.  Most separated couples need to improve their communication skills.  One, or both parties, may be hurt or angry.  Their love is gone and their former spouse is now an adversary.  It happens quickly, as fear or frustration… Continue reading

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