Mediation is a method of resolving disputes in which a neutral facilitates a compromise between the parties. The primary responsibility for resolution of the family disputes being mediated rest with the participants.
At the outset of mediation, many mediators will be facilitative, that is, mediators will refrain from making suggestions concerning the outcome. If participants are at an impasse and request an evaluative approach to the mediation, certain mediators may in that event offer suggestions in a completely non-coercive manner. Mediators explain to the parties the different roles of lawyers and mediators, the desirability of consulting independent lawyers, the risks of reaching agreements without such advice, and that the mediator and client do not have a lawyer-client privilege even if the mediator is a lawyer.
Mediators provide in writing to all participants a written statement clarifying the mediator’s role. The mediator cannot act as lawyer for either party during the course of the mediation, even for unrelated matters. After the mediation is completed, the mediator will not be able to act as a lawyer for either party as to any issues involved in the mediation.
John Huntington has considerable experience representing parties during mediation. With his extensive experience in family law matters and motivation to practice constructive advocacy, a problem-solving approach to the resolution of conflicts within families, Mr. Huntington is an effective advocate in negotiations with mediators.
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