Irit Reichman Law Office and Notary Public has wide experience in complex mediation processes between spouses, which were successfully concluded to the satisfaction of both sides, including divorce agreements, financial support agreements, career assets, wife support, child support, child custody and visitation rights.

Attorney Reichman is a mediator certified by the Technion since 1998 (the Israeli Center for Negotiations and Conflict Resolution).

In the course of a lifetime, many conflicts arise between an individual and those around him, based on professional or family issues. Because legal actions are long and expensive, sometimes lasting months or even years, the need arose both for the court system and those dependent on it to reach quicker and more efficient solutions. The answer to meeting the need for quick, efficient conflict resolution was found in the mediation process.

Mediation is a process for creating dialog and a solution to disputes between parties in every area of life. The goal of mediation is to enable each side in the conflict to define his/her interests and needs in a way that will enable the other side to understand, and thereby the sides cooperate in arriving at decisions that minimize the damage and provide many insights from the situation that brought the parties into conflict.

The legal system in Israel has constituted the main source of mediation cases since 1997, in the framework of referring many cases for mediation. Since 1999, institutions have opened for training mediators by means of guided programs. These certified mediators serve as mediators between parties and make the system more efficient.

Family mediation has a concrete influence on the life of the entire family. The mediation enables the spouses facing separation to reach an honorable divorce agreement, which saves the couple a prolonged and expensive legal battle that is usually accompanied by hard feelings that affect the entire family and add to the trauma.

When the parties have children, the mediation is essential and critical, and by means of this process the emotional situation of the children is prevented from deteriorating, helping them to move more quickly to a routine that is quiet and free from tension.

The mediator is defined by court law since 1984 as someone whose task is to legally assist parties in a dispute to reach agreement on how to settle their conflict, in a mediation process by means of free and open negotiation, in which the mediator does not have the authority to force an agreement.

The mediator is a neutral third party, who takes active part in the process and assists the couple in reaching an arrangement that will be acceptable to both of them.

At the conclusion of the mediation, the sides reach an agreement that is confirmed by the court, and which the court is entitled to endow with the force of a legal decision.

The mediation process is a short, focused process, in which the agreements and disagreements are both defined, various suggestions are offered for solutions, and these are discussed. The sides clarify their positions and conduct negotiations with the assistance of the mediator, with the intention of reaching a fair agreement.

The mediation process is voluntary, meaning that during the process either side can decide to terminate it.

All documents and decisions that are passed in the mediation are confidential and are not to be raised or presented before the court.

The mediation process prevents the possibility of creating a legal precedent; in the legal process, a precedent can be created that is undesirable to one of the parties.

It will be clarified that in the mediation process the sides can consult with an attorney.

Advantages of Mediation

  • The costs are low compared with a legal action.
  • The emotional effort required is significantly smaller than the commitment to a legal action.
  • Generally the process is shorter, consisting of a number of meetings.
  • The mediator is neutral and looks after the interests of both sides.
  • Both sides participate in the mediation on a voluntary basis.
  • The process is confidential, managed with discretion and dignity.
  • It is possible to reach creative solutions.
  • The process safeguards respect between the two sides.
  • Mediation directly influences the emotional situation of the children involved, and allows them to return to a stable routine.
  • The parties in the dispute are the ones who determine the outcome of the process, which ensures minimal damage to both sides, in contrast to a legal action which imposes a solution dictated by a third party (the judge) that causes one side to win and the other to lose.