A disputed divorce may be time-consuming and expensive, both financially and emotionally. Alternative conflict resolution procedures such as mediation, on the other hand, can give an agreeable conclusion.
Our attorneys at Autrey Law Firm are well to mediate your divorce-related conflicts, such as custody issues, child support, property distribution, and spousal support. Contact us to know more about how our divorce mediation lawyers can assist you in resolving your divorce without going to court.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a nonbinding, informal conflict resolution method facilitated by a properly trained third party called a mediator. The mediation process is private, allowing sides to negotiate settlement terms in a secure setting. While the sides are not required to achieve an agreement during mediation, agreements made through mediation are more likely to be accepted by the court.
Choosing Divorce and Mediation Lawyer
We realize there is a better way at the Autrey Law Firm. Our multidisciplinary, integrative mediation approach helps our clients reach peaceful and individualized agreements. Rather than focusing on viewpoints, we work together to develop solutions that fit the parties and their children’s needs and interests. Mediation is an accessible and cheap alternative to litigation in which the parties, despite their differences, work together to find solutions in a private, confidential environment rather than getting embroiled in a public adversarial fight.
You may “give away the farm” if you misjudge the strength of your legal position; on the other hand, if you drive too hard a bargain, the opposing party may walk away from discussions.
It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with your state’s rules on marital property, how childcare is computed, and so on before beginning mediation. An attorney can help you learn more about these topics.
In addition, an attorney can help you with the following:
- Explain the norms and processes of mediation and assist in the selection of a mediator (if one is not appointed by the court).
- Prepare yourself for the mediation process.
- Assist you in deciding on potential settlements
- Examine a proposed settlement for any missing information or other potential problems.
- If you reach an agreement, prepare official divorce documents.
How to get started on Mediation?
Divorce mediation is optional unless a court requires you and your spouse to try it. If your spouse agrees, the next step is to select a qualified and educated divorce mediator.
If a judge orders mediation, you will sit with a court-appointed mediator or, if the court permits it, a private mediator of your choice. If you decide to pursue mediation on your own, you and your husband will need to choose a mediator with whom you both agree. One method to prevent a squabble over the mediator is to conduct your study and select three mediators who you’d be prepared to hire.
How to pick a divorce mediation attorney?
Seek for the same things you’d look for in any other expert when selecting a mediator legal adviser: proof of training and appropriate experience.
Most divorce attorneys are familiar with mediation and have worked as mediators. In many jurisdictions, attorneys can get certificates in certain areas of law, so look for a family law attorney who is board certified.
Autrey Law Firm has experienced family lawyers who can represent you in matters of family law!