Mediation 2018-03-16T20:32:11+00:00

Mediation

Divorce can be a tumultuous affair, especially when one party may not be very receptive to it, or because there are a lot of legal hurdles to go through, such as decisions facing your children, assets and other legal matters such as prenuptial agreements. Having to go to court and ask a judge to decide on these matters for you can be a long and drawn out process. One way to mitigate this process is by going through divorce mediation, which allows you to sit down with a neutral legal representative and have legitimate discussions to settle your private and personal conflicts. Mediation has grown much more acceptable in recent years as an alternative to the bitterness of a courtroom battle, as couples can express their concerns, fears, desires and needs in a much calmer, private and understanding environment.

At King Law Firm Attorneys at Law, Inc., we empathize with the emotional chaos divorce can bring and we try to limit that burden by negotiating or mediating your case. We encourage you to make certain decisions that meet the best interests of both parties (especially if any children are involved), and help keep you from making rash decisions in the heat of an argument. We also help keep the process smooth and as amicable as possible in order to make sure the children aren’t affected by a long, drawn-out, sometimes heated court battle. And though every case is unique, we work hard to help our clients reach voluntary agreements that benefit everyone, hopefully allowing the relationship to remain strong and healthy.

You can benefit from private mediation in any of the following areas:

  • Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Domestic Partnership Dissolution
  • Spousal or Partner Support
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Asset Division
  • Paternity

Private Mediators

Private mediators are there to help make the process easy and as stress-free as possible by keeping the conflicts to a minimum. Just remember — mediators are not decision-makers; they are simply there to give each party a chance to represent themselves and their interests without breaking into heated disputes or unreasonable discourse. Everything in mediation remains confidential, but if you choose to end mediation, or to keep some or all of your issues unresolved, then you must move into a public court hearing.

Advantages

  • Mediation is faster, sometimes handled in a day or two if the divorce is uncontested.
  • Mediation is cheaper than a trial or a court battle.
  • You have more control over how the process works and whether you will accept or deny the outcome.
  • The process is private, as it takes place in a private office instead of a public courtroom.
  • The process is informal, so there’s less stress.
  • Key non-legal family issues and relationships may be discussed for a chance to understand the root of the disputes and work through them.
  • Settlements can be made that fit each party’s unique situation.

Disadvantages

  • There is no trial, so the parties do not get to have their case decided by a judge.
  • If things can’t be worked out in mediation, parties may have to pay for both mediation and a court trial, as well as spending the extra time to try and work things out before heading to court.

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