The mediation process can be of great benefit in many different types of legal disputes, but it often has particularly great value in divorce cases. When a family splits up, it creates a huge emotional rift, and it can be very difficult to figure out how to navigate the legal processes involved when it feels like a huge chore just to get out of bed in the morning.
One way to take some of the stress off and turn the divorce into a collaborative experience is to try mediation. While divorce can be a very adversarial process, it doesn't have to be. If both parties can put aside their feelings of hurt and anger and decide to attempt to work together for the greater good of the family, it is possible to work out all of the issues as far as child custody, child support, alimony and property division during mediation.
The mediation process consists of both parties and their respective legal counsel attempting to come to an agreement on the terms of the divorce. Even though it is a collaborative process, it's important for you to have your own legal representation who is looking out for your interests only. There is usually also some kind of involved third-party to help keep the discussions civil and productive.
Resolving the divorce issues through mediation can mean that the overall process of getting a divorce is completed more quickly and more smoothly. However, there are times when mediation is not successful. If this happens, our office will not hesitate to protect your rights and interests by going to trial.