Mediation is becoming a more prevalent option in divorce and custody cases. Given the ever increasing cost of litigation, mediation can be a cost effective alternative. More
importantly, it allows parties to direct the outcome of their case, rather than leaving it in the hands of a judge or magistrate. Reaching a mediated agreement can leave parties feeling empowered. It can help those who must continue to cooperate in raising children learn to work together towards amicable solutions. Given these benefits, you may find yourself wondering if mediation is right for you.
Mediation is a process in which parties work with a neutral third party, known as a mediator. The mediator does not take sides or resolve disputes. Rather, the mediator assists the parties in discussing issues to determine if an agreeable solution can be reached. Mediation can be used for numerous issues, including reaching a full settlement of a divorce or dissolution and custody issues. Parties often find attending mediation prior to filing for divorce can lead to an agreement, thereby avoiding the emotional and financial cost of divorce proceedings.
For those considering mediation, it is important to note that a mediator cannot give legal advice. Given this, many find it helpful to consult with an attorney beforehand. In this manner, the party can enter the process fully advised of his or her rights and with knowledge that can assist in reaching settlement. It is not uncommon for attorneys to work alongside parties through the mediation process. Further, since a mediator cannot do so, an attorney can prepare the final paperwork for submission to the Court.
If you are considering mediation of a family law matter, call us today at (614) 567-3031 to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable family law attorneys. Our attorneys can help you understand your legal rights to assist you in mediation and can answer any questions you may have regarding the process.