Mediation is a process which allows you to have direct input into the resolution of your family law matters with the assistance of a neutral third party who acts as the mediator in your case. Rather than resorting to the often costly litigation process, through mediation you meet and confer with your former spouse/partner at the mediator’s office in an effort to settle some or all of the issues in your case. The mediator meets with the parties and their attorneys with the goal of reaching a resolution which is acceptable to both parties. Further, unlike the litigation process, which is open to the public, mediation is private and confidential. The mediation process allows you to make decisions concerning any of the issues in your case, including, but not limited to, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, property division, etc.
The advantages of the mediation process are vast. The advantages include:
- The mediation process is generally far less costly than litigation.
- Mediation allows the parties to obtain all information necessary to settle their case in a non-adversarial manner.
- The mediation process is far less stressful than appearing in court in a contested proceeding.
- In the mediation process, you have decision-making powers. In other words, an agreement in mediation is only reached through your approval and consent. In the litigation process, you have no input into the judge’s decision concerning your case.
- Generally the mediation process is much more expeditious than the litigation process.
- The mediation process benefits children in child custody cases. Rather than proceeding through a contested child custody case which can place great stress upon the parties and the children, a mediator can assist you in developing a parenting plan which is in the best interests of the children.
To speak to attorney Robert Montgomery about your case, contact him online or by calling (707) 525-1212 today!