Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Family Law Mediation

Neha Deol is a lawyer enthusiastic about mediation, which is very effective to resolve disputes including family law issues and estate law issues.

Family Dispute Resolution

  1. Litigation can be very expensive. Mediating your family law issues can be far less expensive than going to court. You can attend mediation session without a lawyer, however it is always recommended that you seek independent legal advice before finalizing an agreement. You may have the option of splitting the cost of the Mediator with your spouse equally.
  2. Mediation is a voluntary process; both parties must agree to attend and participate. If a party is unhappy with the process, then they can terminate it at any time and it will not affect your legal rights or options in the future.
  3. Mediation allows you to save time and resolve your issues quicker than going through the court process if both parties participate. It may take months before you are able to attend a Case Conference with a Judge due to backlog for obtaining dates in most courts.
  4. Mediation gives you control, which is often taken away by the court process. You and your spouse can decide what issues will be discussed and when.
  5. Mediation is done in a private setting.
  6. Mediation gives you many different options perhaps not previously considered. You and your spouse will resolve your disputes by arriving at mutually agreed upon resolutions. This generally leads to agreements that are more likely to be abided by each party as opposed to court orders imposed by a Judge.
  7. Mediation allows you the opportunity to express your emotions – you can tell your side of the story. Judges are very busy and do not have the time to hear each litigant’s side of the story. During the mediation process you and/or your spouse will have the opportunity to tell your side of the story and often this may be vital to reaching a resolution.
  8. Mediation may help couples with children to develop better channels of communication as they may have to maintain a co-parenting relationship.
  9. Mediation agreements may be formalized by lawyers and filed in court so that they are binding legal agreements.
  10. Mediation is often less emotionally and financially stressful than going to court.