Alternative Dispute Resolution
In family law and divorce mediation, the parties meet each other on a level playing field with a mediator who serves as a neutral third party to facilitate appropriate and reasonable solutions to all the issues that need to be decided. Family law and divorce mediation may not be appropriate for all parties or to resolve all issues. In some cases, divorce mediation will resolve all issues, while in other cases; the parties may resolve some issues through mediation and other issues at trial. However, even with very contentious parties, the process often works, and the parties are surprised to find themselves on common ground. At the Shepard Law Office, we provide mediation services for clients who have decided to forego hiring their own attorneys, or have retained attorneys but have agreed to accept mediated resolutions. We offer clients cost-effective, time-saving and healthier options to a traditional, court-based divorce. As a result we take the entire family into consideration as we help both sides negotiate mutually beneficial agreements.
Divorce mediation is less expensive and can be structured to produce the same legally binding agreements. The benefits of mediation include: control over the outcome, savings in time and money, privacy, less stress, no court appearance, no prolonged legal battles, and less strain on the children. Many families opt for divorce mediation as an effective way to resolve their legal concerns. Unlike depending on a judge's decision, families have control over the agreement reached in mediation. Many people who participate in mediation are very satisfied with the results because they had a chance to create their own solutions. Aside from saving time and money, mediation produces impressive psychological benefits to the family. Studies indicate that children recover more quickly from the stress of a divorce when the parents use mediation. The number of couples who return to court after mediation is less than one-third of the number who obtained litigated divorce settlements.
Divorce mediation services are designed to help you resolve a range of family matters, including:
- Property division
- Spousal support
- Child support
- Child custody and parenting time
- Post judgment modification and enforcement of orders
Contact Shepard Law Offices to learn about alternative methods for resolving such divorce issues as property division, child custody and visitation, parental rights, and other family law matters. Mediation can help resolve legal problems in a divorce through more efficient and effective means than going to court.