Facilitation and Mediation

Settlement Facilitation is a mediation process during which the Facilitator helps parties represented by legal counsel reach a full agreement. The standard process includes both spouses and attorneys attending a mediation session (sometimes called facilitation) at the Settlement Facilitator’s office for either a full or half day.

Prior to the facilitation day, the attorneys outline for the Facilitator what issues have been agreed upon and which issues are still in dispute. Each attorney states their client’s “legal position” on the disputed areas and the Mediator/Facilitator then works with both sides to determine the best path to agreement.

These mediations are often successful when both attorneys and clients are well prepared and each side has had access to all relevant information.

The attorneys at Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, P.A. are well experienced in the broad range of family law legal issues that may arise in a divorce case. Their extensive experience with settlement facilitations, combined with skillful collaborative techniques provide added strength to their facilitation services.


Mediation is a process which allows the parties to meet together with a neutral mediator.  Sometimes each of them are represented by his or her individual attorneys during the mediation process, or sometimes individual attorneys are not involved until the parties have reached an agreement. The attorneys then review the agreement to make sure the client understands the legal significance and that it fairly represents the agreement made in the mediation process. The Mediator does not represent either of the parties and does not offer legal advice. The parties reach their own agreement.  All of the attorneys at Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, P.A. accept mediation/ facilitation matters and have had extensive training and experience in these fields.