In cases involving family mediation, the old adages "time is money" and "timing is everything" take on a renewed truthfulness. In mediation, the length of the entire proceedings as well as the final agreement's success can be dependent on critical issues involving timing. Some of them are literal timing concerns - like the meeting time for the mediation sessions. Others, however, may involve the speed at which one individual wants to move the mediation versus the other party.
To begin with, those literal concerns are important. You need to come prepared to figure out when the next free period is because getting multiple schedules to match up at once can be quite complex and challenging. Before the first meeting even begins, you will need to figure out your "blocked out" and available dates. Bring them to the very first session and discuss them with the other party so that you don't lose time in going to potential meetings and then going back home because the other party is not there. The actual day you select will also have its own advantages and disadvantages. A Monday might mean that both parties are distracted by work ahead, but a Friday afternoon meeting may mean that they are tired and ready to get to the weekend. Likewise, mediations scheduled later in the day after working hours may mean that neither party is "on point" and already worn out from a long day.
Another concept that is extremely common in family mediation is that one party wants the session to proceed at a different speed than the other party. A good mediator will help direct this concern back to the parties so that both individuals consider the best way to proceed. For example, a more in-depth mediation can occur at another time but any immediate issues should be dealt with in an initial meeting. This strategy should also be applied to any relatively recent family issue such as a divorce. Before signing final agreements, parties may opt to take some time to think and consider the terms in their entirety.
Finally, the length of time between each session should be given enough consideration as well. While some might let the clients take the reins to determine how much time should lapse between sessions, some mediators often suggest that the parties meet at predictable intervals until all the issues have been reached. All issues, especially time-consuming ones like divorce, can be addressed effectively and in a timely manner by strictly sticking to the agreed-upon schedule.
Mediators can help resolve any legal issue, but it takes a skilled and experienced one to help clients toe the fine line between rushing and making sure that the time spent on the case is maximized.
If you have any questions about family mediation, please call John Powell III at 281-870-2053 and schedule a free 30-minute consultation. John is based in Pearland, Texas and has represented persons in literally hundreds of divorces to resolve their conflicts amicably with less expense & time. Visit http://www.powellfirm.com.