Family Mediation Basics

Definition

Mediation is a way for people to make practical, fair, informed decisions in a 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, 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 is a family law attorney who has been in private law practice since 1982. 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 and Elder Law sections, the New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association, and Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). In ACR, she is one of 4 New Hampshire mediators designated as an Advanced Practitioner Member.

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