Mediation tries to settle a legal dispute through a neutral third party (mediator) who works to find areas of agreement and reach a settlement. Mediation differs from arbitration in which the arbitrator acts much like a judge but in an out-of-court less formal setting. The arbitrator does not actively participate in the discussion.
Mediation has become very common in trying to resolve domestic relations disputes (divorce, child parenting plans, visitation as well as contract and civil cases), and is often ordered by the judge in such cases. The financial cost of mediation is less than fighting the matter out in court and may achieve early settlement and an end to anxiety. While mediation does not always result in a settlement, statistics show that upwards of 85% of all family law cases resolve as a result of mediation and couples are more likely to comply with an agreement they created than what a judge orders.
My firm mediates cases where both parties are represented by an attorney and for those who do not have an attorney.
Spouses who want a divorce but do not want to hire a lawyer to reach a settlement can utilize my firm’s mediation services to resolve their marital issues before filing for divorce. For more information, please complete the “Contact” form and submit or call the office direct line provided on this website.