Q: How do I set up a mediation?
A: You contact our office and speak with the Legal Assistant to set up the mediation.
Q: How long does the mediation take?
A: Mediation generally takes between two to six hours, depending on the complexity of the issues and the amount of cooperation between the parties.
Q: If the other party set up the mediation, won't Rachel be on their side already?
A: No. Rachel does not meet with or speak to either party before the mediation begins. Her legal assistant sets it all up.
Q: How do I prepare for mediation?
A: You will want to bring a list of the issues that you wish to resolve and a proposal on the resolution (but still be open and ready to negotiate other ways on how to do so).
Q: If we reach an agreement, will Rachel draft and enter the documents with the court for us?
A: Rachel will not be acting as an attorney for either of you, so while she may share her thoughts on a reasonable resolution, she will not be giving legal advice and will not be drafting documents or going to court on your behalf. However, Rachel will have documents that you need available, and if you plan to have the agreement entered with the court, your agreement can be written directly onto those documents so that they are ready to be entered with the court.
Q: Do I need an attorney for mediation?
A: No, but you can bring one if you want to. If you have any legal questions you are welcome to contact an attorney during the mediation. If you do not have an attorney available to speak with during the mediation, you can stop the mediation and resume it on another day once you have your questions answered.
Q: What if we do not reach an agreement?
A: If you do not reach an agreement, then you leave without an agreement. Rachel will not impose any agreement upon you. Any agreement is entirely voluntary by both parties.
Q: If I offer something and the other party does not accept that proposal, can that party use it against me later in court?
A: No. Mediations and settlement offers are confidential and cannot be used against you later in court, unless you sign a written agreement.
To consult with Rachel Rolfs about the best way to approach your divorce or other family law problem, please contact our office.