Mediation: An Affordable, Productive Alternative To Litigation
If you are facing a divorce or another family law dispute, you are likely worried about the costs – time, money and emotional expense – that are ahead of you. Sorting out legal problems that affect your family is never easy, but it does not always have to be that difficult either.
Mediation is one alternative to the traditional divorce process. Mediation provides you with more control over the outcome than you would have in traditional litigation where everything is, ultimately, up to a judge.
I offer mediation counsel and mediation services in Chesterfield, Missouri, and throughout St. Charles County and St. Louis County, applying over 30 years of legal experience to help people resolve their legal disputes without the necessity of court intervention.
How Does Mediation Work?
In mediation, you and the other party engage in formal discussions to come to agreements regarding divorce, child support, custody and parenting time, maintenance (alimony), property division, and any other issues that apply.
To come to an agreement, your mediator, an impartial guide, helps you and your spouse or the parent of your child agree on the difficult issues related to your case. The mediator should help you to customize solutions that meet your individual needs. Once you and the other party come to an agreement, the court will be asked to affirm it.
As a mediator, I do not impose agreements or restrictions upon you and your family but will instead help you through the process at your own pace, offering suggestions only as appropriate.
Is Mediation Right For You?
For many couples, mediation is more satisfying than a traditional divorce, in which you may feel left out of the settlement process. Some couples also feel that the formalized court process forces them into a litigation setting, including depositions (answering oral questions under oath outside a courtroom), interrogatories (answering written questions), hearings, attorneys’ conferences with the judge, artificial deadlines and perhaps a trial. These steps can cause unnecessary time delays, expenses and stress if you and your spouse could have worked together productively in mediation.
Simply put, mediation can put you in control of the timeline, process and results affecting you and your family. You and the other party do, however, need to be willing to work together in good faith to reach resolutions in mediation. If your relationship is highly adversarial, mediation may not be the right path.
Schedule A Free Legal Consultation To Learn More
To discuss your concerns with me, family law lawyer Susan E. Hamra, please schedule a free initial consultation by calling 636-898-5881 or 800-243-8084 or emailing Hamra Law Firm, LLC, today. I would be happy to answer your questions and help you decide whether to pursue mediation.