Using Mediation To Resolve Conflicts
Drawn-out courtroom family law disputes may be frequently featured in the news, but for most couples, it’s more advantageous to find an out-of-court solution. Mediation is a form of dispute resolution that allows parties to address their issues in a private setting and retain control over the decision-making process, assisted by a neutral and impartial third party.
If you and your estranged spouse recognize that your marriage is irrevocably broken, mediation may help you find an amicable solution for your divorce-related conflicts. At George A. Simpson Attorney At Law, our team has facilitated countless mediations. George A. Simpson, our firm’s founder, is a registered domestic mediator and Certified Family Law Specialist*. He has the insight required to guide you through this process and secure the results you deserve.
How Mediation Works
When two parties agree to mediate a dispute, they work with a neutral third party to find acceptable solutions for a variety of issues, such as property division, parenting rights or support terms. During mediation sessions, the mediator guides the process by encouraging the parties to share their concerns and identify areas of common ground.
Sessions continue until the parties agree to terms or recognize that they need a judge to intervene. Information that is shared in mediation sessions cannot be used as evidence in courtroom proceedings.
How You Could Benefit From Mediation
If you and your estranged spouse decide to pursue mediation, you could benefit from these advantages:
- The mediation process is relatively quick. Mediation sessions are scheduled according to your timetable, not the court’s calendar.
- Mediation costs less than litigation. Legal expenses for attorneys increase as litigation drags on. In mediation, parties share the cost of a mediator, who strives to resolve matters as promptly as possible.
- Mediation keeps your affairs private. Evidence and testimony shared in the courtroom are entered into the public record. Mediation allows parties to share information that cannot be repeated or published.
- Parties retain control over the terms of the divorce agreement. In litigation, the judge hears each party’s argument and determines the case’s outcome.
If you and your estranged spouse believe that you can work together to resolve your family law dispute, it is likely that mediation can help you achieve a beneficial outcome efficiently and effectively.
Contact Us To Learn More
Interested in learning about this process? Wondering whether this is the best approach for you? Get answers to these and other questions during your private consultation with attorney Simpson.