What is Mediation in Family Law?
Mediation is an alternative to adversarial litigation through the courts in divorce and other family disputes. It is a form of dispute resolution between two or more parties in which the disputing parties negotiate their own settlement between themselves with the assistance of a third party, the mediator, who is neutral. The mediator may or may not express an opinion on what might be a fair settlement, depending on the agreements set forth in the mediation contract.
Understanding the Many Benefits
Unlike litigation in a public court, mediation is a private and confidential process. Because it is done outside the courts, it is less costly, less time-consuming, and less antagonistic as the parties involved are not set up as opposing factions but have agreed to work together to achieve a mutually beneficial agreement. Mediation puts the decision-making in the hands of the parties involved, instead of having these decisions dictated by a court.
For all these reasons and more, it is a much healthier and more satisfying method for resolving disputes. When individuals create their own agreements between themselves, they are generally much happier with and more willing to abide by the results well into the future. The key to mediation is cooperation and when parties are willing to work together to resolve their differences, it is less costly, both emotionally and financially.
Reliable Mediation Services
Are you involved in a divorce or other family law issue that is in dispute? Disputes between spouses, family members, or intimate partners can become highly-charged emotional conflicts that disrupt the lives of everyone involved, including children. If you are looking for a saner, more harmonious way to resolve your divorce issues or other
family law dispute, then mediation may be the answer. We highly recommend that you contact the Law Offices of Michael D. Burt, as our founding attorney is skilled in mediation services. In an initial consultation about your family or divorce dispute, you can learn how mediation can benefit you.
The legal advocates at our firm can guide you and your spouse or other party through the mediation process to a divorce settlement or other agreement that can be filed with the court. To find out more about how mediation can work for you, it is important to consult with Attorney Michael Burt about the specifics of your divorce or dispute situation.