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Participating in mediation for family law issues can be a simple, cost-effective measure that can reduce stress and time spent in court.
A mediator is a neutral third party brought in to resolve disputes before a case goes to court. Family law mediators facilitate communication between parties involved in a dispute through face-to-face meetings, or by speaking to each party individually in more contentious situations.
There are many reasons to consider hiring a mediator to assist with the resolution of family law disputes, including the following:
Mediators are less expensive. Mediators typically offer their services for a flat rate for a half-day or full-day session. The mediator’s fee is collected equally from both parties.
Mediation can be required in some cases. Depending on the location, some states and counties require or strongly encourage mediation before legal proceedings begin.
Mediation cuts down on time in court. If a dispute can be resolved through mediation, time spent on legal proceedings will be significantly reduced or eliminated. Even a partial agreement or settlement will speed up the process.
Mediation reduces the stress that can arise from litigation. Rather than fight a lengthy, complicated battle in court — which can deepen the divisions that caused the dispute — mediators can help families reach an amicable solution.
Mediation gives parties more control. Mediation allows families greater influence over the outcome of a dispute — for instance, instead of a judge deciding how a child in divorce proceedings will divide their time between parents, parents can work out an agreement through mediation that best suits their family.
Sussman Law Firm PLLC has experience in all manner of family law issues and can help you decide if mediation and settlement are viable legal options in your case. Contact us today!