Rather than spending extensive time and money on court hearings, many of our clients select mediation as an alternate option. Mediation is a method of dispute resolution that encourages parties to resolve issues in a non-adversarial way with the help of a trained, neutral mediator.
There are many types of mediation that can be used to resolve almost any sort of civil issue. Family Financial Settlement mediators are trained to work with all issues of family law to resolve issues of child and spousal support, custody, and equitable distribution. Other mediators work to resolve contract disputes, negotiate partition sales, and resolve all sorts of civil litigation matters.
Mediation is often a flexible, accommodating experience. If at any point during the process you wish to speak privately with your attorney, you may ask the mediator to step out of the room while you speak. Then, an agreement reached during mediation can be made into a Court Order, enforceable like any other Court Order. An Order reached through mediation is also subject to the same standards as a Court Order for any future modifications.
Mediation is a voluntary process. There is nothing about mediation that requires a definitive resolution. This can be beneficial in allowing parties to resolve only the issues that they want at a pace that is appropriate for their situation.