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Family Mediation Basics

Definition

Mediation is a way for people to make practical, fair, informed decisions in a divorce, parenting, after-divorce, adult family, family feud, elder care, or other family dispute with the help of a trained impartial professional. It is an alternative to negotiation through lawyers and to litigation in court to resolve disputed issues. The mediator helps ensure a fair process based on shared participation and full disclosure.

Introduction to Mediation

  1. The goal of mediation is to improve communication and reach a mutually acceptable agreement on all issues. It is written up as a Mediated Agreement.
  2. The parties share all pertinent information. All issues are negotiated in good faith.
  3. Mediation can be used to work out a premarital agreement, resolve divorce and after-divorce issues, draw up a parenting plan, settle family feuds, decide on care for elder parents, or reach an agreement in any dispute between family members.
  4. A series of meetings is held until resolution is reached on all issues. Most meetings are held with the mediator and all parties; however, the mediator also talks with each of the parties separately.

Mediator

Honey Hastings, family divorce parenting mediator Honey Hastings is a retired family law attorney who was in private law practice from 1982-2016. Ms. Hastings has trained both as a divorce mediator and as an adult family (elder problems) mediator. She has been a mediator since 1995 and is New Hampshire Certified Family Mediator #75. Her memberships include the NH Bar Association's Family Section, the New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association, and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators.

For more information, contact Family Mediation of New Hampshire at 603.654.5000.

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