A Very Short Look at Mediation in Family Law
Have you heard the term mediation? What does that mean?
Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party, called a mediator, helps people in conflict reach a mutually acceptable resolution. In Family Law, mediation can be a useful tool for parties who want to avoid the time, expense, and emotional toll of litigation.
During mediation, the mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between the parties, helping them to identify their interests, needs, and concerns, and to explore options for resolution. The mediator does not make decisions for the parties or impose a resolution on them, but rather helps them to reach an agreement that works for both of them.
Having an experienced lawyer on your side going into mediation is a significant advantage. When emotions are high, it is easy to get blind-sided, become intractable, or miss a detail in the negotiations.
Mediation can be particularly useful in Family Law because it allows the parties to address the specific issues that are important to them, such as the division of assets and debts, child custody and support, and alimony. Many Family Law courts actually require mediation before a final decree is made.
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