Mediation is a voluntary, cooperative and confidential, non-adversarial process designed to assist and empower parties in coming to the terms of their own unique and creative resolutions/agreements facilitated by a skilled, neutral, third party, Mediator(s). Mediation ensures that the parties themselves have a direct hand in tailoring their own outcome specific to their facts and/or family situation, rather than those details being made by a third party or the Court who likely isn’t nearly as intimately familiar with your facts, circumstances and issues as well as you are.
“They helped me navigate through a very difficult and emotional time. They really understood what was important to me and what my goals were, and they were very creative in finding ways to help me achieve them. Kristine and Monique were extremely professional, but also genuinely cared about me, my children, and the outcome of my divorce agreement. My ex-husband and I were able to settle things amicably and we both walked away feeling that it was done fairly. Their billing/fees were always reasonable and transparent. They worked great together as a team, were very responsive, and always got back to me promptly with support and sound legal advice. I would trust them completely with any future legal matters that may arise for me, and would highly recommend them.”
Monique and Kristine guide clients who are at all stages Divorce and Family Law matters, from pre-marriage advice and prenuptial agreements to strategic pre-divorce planning and consultation, as well as planning to protect one’s rights as a parent when sharing (or expecting) a minor child with a co-parent outside of a marriage through the divorce negotiation and finalization process to modifications down the road as circumstances may change.
We offer in person and virtual mediation services, which can be helpful, especially when one party may reside out of State.
No. While it is typically more effective to all be present, we can mediate individually one-on-one offering each party an equal period of time alone, especially in the cases of any imbalance of power. Moreover, at any point you can request a one-on-one opportunity to speak privately with the Mediator in a break-out session, called “a caucus”, following which, we would offer the other party an opportunity to speak privately before all coming back together.
No, but we will always recommend that each party make their own decision as to whether they would like to review the Memorandum of Understanding with an attorney before signing it.
NO. In the event you need the terms of the MOU to become legally binding, you would need to work with an attorney outside the firm to have those terms memorialized and entered into a Court Order or Settlement Agreement. Although we are also attorneys, according to the existing Rhode Island rules which govern attorneys, we cannot thereafter perform the role of an attorney when we are retained as mediators, even after the mediation has completed.