By participating in mediation, you can avoid court appearances, minimize cost and animosity, and have the ability to find creative solutions that may not be available to a Judge in a contested hearing who generally will have fifteen minutes or less to decide your case.
Often parties are unable to reach agreements because they have difficulty communicating or simply don’t know the applicable law or how the court will handle their issues. When mediating with a family law attorney both parties are on equal ground and the goal of everyone involved is to resolve all issues and allow the parties to move forward. If children are involved, being able to move forward with a healthy working relationship will benefit your children and will help you avoid future litigation.
In mediation you will be able to have your legal questions answered and will receive suggestions and guidance to help you resolve your differences. Once agreements have been reached all necessary documents will be prepared and filed with the Court. You will never need to step foot in the courthouse.
For mediation to work, both parties must be willing to mediate. Your mediating attorney is neutral and does not represent, or advocate for, either party. All meetings, phone calls, or emails will involve both parties. Further, should your case require an outside expert, such as an appraiser or accountant, you will save money by jointly selecting a mutually agreeable provider.