Forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) are gaining popularity. We handle both mediation and arbitration of all civil matters, with a focus on family law disputes.
Mediation is a non-binding form of dispute resolution. Our attorneys act as a neutral third party to facilitate the negotiation process between the parties to a dispute. The goal is to reach a final resolution to the dispute. Mediation can be conducted before a lawsuit is filed or during litigation. As mediator we don’t give a formal decision, instead work with each party to facilitate a common resolution.
An increasing number of individuals are turning to mediation to resolve family law disputes. While not effective in many more contested matters, mediation can greatly reduce time and cost for the parties. We have been successfully mediating divorces and postjudgment divorce disputes for over twenty years.
As for the specific process, we hold mediation sessions with the parties to discuss the issues and lay out settlement. The average case requires three to six sessions before a settlement is ironed out. Once the parties are in agreement, we draft a settlement agreement for the parties to take to court. In many instances, we assist the parties through the court process and finalization of their matter.
We have also participated in collaborative matters with other counsel. Collaborative law is a process by which divorcing parties work with their lawyers to resolve the matter outside of court. Often professionals, such as accountants, financial planners and therapists, are used to assist with resolution of the matter.