Certified Mediators Offering Insight Into The Mediation Process
In many family law cases, the involved parties wish to move the case forward as efficiently as possible while minimizing additional stress and emotions. When this is the case, it may be best to utilize a form of alternative dispute resolution called mediation. This is a way of keeping the case out of court but with both parties having their voices heard in the process.
If you are considering mediation or are wondering if it may be the appropriate avenue of resolution in your divorce or family law case, talk to our legal team at Buckley & Buckley Law, P.C., in Edwardsville. We are highly skilled at handling cases through the mediation process, as both of our attorneys are certified mediators. This means that not only can they act as the third party in a case, but they also have additional insight when representing clients who are involved in mediation.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a way to navigate divorce that is often cheaper and usually leads to less conflict and stress than traditional litigation. Each spouse will still have their own attorney, but there will be an impartial mediator overseeing the process as the parties work to come to an agreement.
We often see a wide range of cases in mediation, including:
- Uncontested divorces
- Non-court-ordered mediation
- Juvenile abuse and neglect cases
- Guardianships for people who are experiencing an emergency or a sudden death of a parent
- Relocation cases
- Cases seeking to obtain educational expenses for children
Not all cases are right for mediation. It may not be effective in high-conflict divorces. While we are highly experienced in mediation, we have the skill to take a divorce or other case to court and litigate the matter to the fullest extent possible.
The Benefits Of Mediation
There are many benefits of choosing mediation as the avenue of resolution for your case. Since the case is not handled in court, we are not subject to the court’s calendar when scheduling meetings. This means that the case can move forward at a pace that works for both parties. Also, as the cases involve just one third-party mediator in addition to your own attorney, the case moves forward faster and is a more cost-effective.
The biggest benefit, especially when children are involved, is that mediation is a much less emotionally charged and argumentative process. The mediator keeps a calm atmosphere while discussing issues with both sides. This allows both parties to work together better and maintain decorum for all involved.