Family Law Mediation is one of the most frequently used methods for negotiating a divorce and/or child custody settlement. In mediation, a neutral third party called a “mediator,” will meet with you and your spouse to discuss and resolve the issues involved in your divorce or child custody matter. Unlike a judge, the mediator does not make any decisions for the parties; rather, the mediator serves as a facilitator to help the parties reach an agreement.
Benefits of Family Law Mediation Over Litigation
Anyone going through a divorce or child custody dispute should consider mediation as an alternative to litigation. The long list of benefits of mediation include:
- Mediation is usually far less expensive than litigation.
- Mediation often ends in settlement of all issues involved in a divorce.
- Mediation is confidential and there is no public record of what was discussed during mediation.
- Mediation allows you to arrive at a solution you agree is fair given your unique circumstances, rather than having a solution imposed on you by a judge who is bound to adhere to rigid and impersonal legal principles.
- You and your spouse may still hire your own lawyers and your lawyers may attend the mediation, if you wish.
- The mediation process often results in improved communication between the parties, which helps avoid future conflicts. This is particularly useful in cases involving children because the parties must continue to co-parent after the divorce is final.
- You and your spouse, not the court, are in control of the process.
Contact Our Family Law Attorney
If you and your spouse are considering mediation, our experienced family law attorneys can either serve as the mediator or attend the mediation as your attorney only. If you and your spouse choose not to hire your own respective attorneys, is highly recommended that you have an experienced family law attorney serve as the mediator, rather than a non-attorney who does not fully understand the legal consequences of your agreement. Our attorneys will help you and your spouse reach a final agreement that will be considered fair and acceptable and legally enforceable now and in the future.