Mediating Family Disputes
Not all family law disputes need to end up in court. Today, mediation is becoming increasingly important in resolving family law issues — from divorce to child custody, mediation can be a less expensive alternative to litigating your dispute in court.
Mediation is a process where a neutral third party (the mediator) helps you and your partner make important decisions about contested family law issues. The mediator’s role is to keep the negotiation proceedings between the parties respectful and civilized, and to help the parties focus on finding workable solutions that are fair, mutually beneficial and in the best interests of the children.
Approved Family Court Mediator
When you decide to mediate your family law dispute, you will want to contact an approved family court mediator — usually a lawyer — who has received the necessary training and accumulated the required experience to assist people in amicably resolving divorce and child custody issues.
At Martsching Law Firm, LLC, I am an attorney who has been trained in divorce mediation and approved as a family court mediator. I help people find common ground on disputed issues and work diligently to facilitate a resolution that is mutually acceptable to both parties. From divorce and property division issues to child custody, child support and maintenance, I capably guide parties through an open discussion of the contested issues in their case.
Contact Me To Mediate Your Dispute
Is mediation a good option for resolving your dispute? The answer depends on whether you have a clear understanding of what mediation is (and is not) and whether your situation is a good fit for mediation. Here a few things you should know:
- Mediation can be less expensive than going to court
- Mediation can be entered into voluntarily or ordered by a judge
- A trained mediator can be very helpful in resolving high-conflict disputes
- The parties should have a relatively equal understanding of their assets and liabilities, each other’s income and the principles underlying legal and physical custody determinations
- Mediation discussions are confidential and not subsequently admissible in a court of law
- Parties with a history of domestic violence are unlikely to benefit from mediation
- The parties themselves, not the mediator, decide how to resolve the issues
- The parties do not need to get along with each other to benefit from mediation