How Mediation Works
Lawyer mediators do not represent either client individually. Instead, acting as a neutral adviser, lawyer mediators share legal advice with both parties and guide them in the negotiation of a resolution. Lawyer mediators can prepare the necessary paperwork to memorialize the clients’ agreements and to finalize divorce. Or sometimes, at the conclusion of the mediation process, the parties choose to have their separate lawyers prepare the final documents to insure separate and independent legal advice from their own lawyers.
Mediation is also an effective means to resolve child custody and child support.
At Jane Maughan, P.C. we have found that most mediated family law matters are resolved with fewer than three mediation sessions. Often the parties achieve a mediated settlement in the first session. Following your first Mediation Session, if requested, we can provide you with detailed child and spousal support calculations, obtain current recorded real estate documents from available records and assist clients in a complete analysis of the assets and income at issue in their case. Mediation is client driven — many clients approach mediation very close to final agreement and our services then are limited to drafting the settlement documents and pleadings to secure the divorce. Mediation can also provide a calm environment for clients who have made little progress in settlement but are both motivated to explore settlement as an alternative to litigation.
Qualified to Serve as a Court Appointed Family Law Mediator
Jane is one of the few mediators in Northeastern Pennsylvania who is qualified to serve as a court appointed family law mediator. Over the past ten years she has completed extensive training in at the Center for Conflict Resolution in New York City, at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in Florida.
In addition, in order to secure qualification to serve as a court appointed family law mediator for Pennsylvania trial courts, in 2011 Jane completed the required practicum for court mediators under the supervision of fully certified family court mediator.
Involved in the Mediation Community
Jane is an active member of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators. By appointment of the President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Jane serves on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
She is a frequent speaker and lecturer on family law and mediation, having recently joined the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s faculty for “Civility in Mediation,” a statewide seminar .
Contact Jane Roach Maughan
If you would like to explore mediation for your family law matter, contact Jane Maughan at (570) 421-7009 or via email.