Finding Peaceful Family Law Solutions Through Mediation
In the past, the only way to get divorced or determine child custody (parenting time) was through litigation. This approach isn’t ideal for many clients because it immediately establishes the process as adversarial. Alternatives to litigation were needed.
One such alternative, mediation, has gained significant popularity in recent years. At Simms Russell Law, PLLC, we are proud to offer mediation services as part of our larger family law practice.
How Does It Work?
Mediation is routinely used to resolve issues in family law cases and is an effective tool in eliminating the need for prolonged litigation. Instead of presenting issues before a judge in court, the two parties meet at the negotiating table with a neutral third party (the mediator). Each spouse can also consult with their own attorney throughout the process.
The mediator cannot make decisions or take sides. Their only job is to keep the two parties talking and focused on reaching a resolution to any disputed matters (such as property division, parenting time, alimony, etc.). When the parties have reached agreement on all outstanding issues, the terms are put into an official document and presented to a judge. If the terms are fair, the judge will usually approve them.
Compared to traditional litigation, mediation tends to:
- Reach a resolution more quickly
- Be less expensive
- Be less acrimonious and stressful
- Give both parties more control over the outcome
- Spare children from having to participate in the process or observe excessive conflict.
While not appropriate or possible in all cases ( such as marriages with a history of domestic violence ), mediation can be successful and preferable for many couples going through a divorce or custody dispute.
Learn More About Mediation In A Free Consultation
The attorneys at Simms Russell Law, PLLC, have the experience necessary to ensure that your mediation is as effective as possible at resolving the outstanding issues in your case. To learn more about how we can help you during a free initial consultation, call us at 502-362-2600 or send us an email.