When Is Mediation The Best Option?
In many cases, couples want to save time and money, as well as to keep their divorce proceedings out of the public eye. When both parties want to avoid long days in a courtroom and keep their relationship amicable as they move forward, mediation may be the best course of action.
Costs Of Mediation
The mediator is usually paid on an hourly basis for his or her services. Since your attorney does not attend the sessions, counsel fees tend to be lower overall. Mediators’ schedules tend to be more accessible than the local courts so the family can often reach a final resolution more quickly and, in some cases, with less cost than through traditional litigation.
Your Attorney’s Role In Mediation
While most mediators strongly recommend that each party work with legal counsel, your attorney does not attend mediation sessions with you. Your attorney can, however, help you prepare for the sessions, consider strategies, and provide you with relevant information that will help you weigh suggestions made during your mediation sessions.
Your attorney also provides the legal services usually needed after mediation; these might include writing up the legal document that records the terms of the agreement reached through mediation and processing the legal phases of your case through the court system.
There are three options in addition to mediation, including local county courts, arbitration, and collaborative family law. Whichever option you choose, the attorneys at Bleczinski Kleiman & Klein, LLC are here to assist you.