- Did you know that in certain types of cases, courtroom trials can be avoided?
- Were you aware that divorce can be handled through mediation?
- When should you choose mediation over a courtroom trial?
What is Mediation?
Essentially, mediation is a supervised negotiation session between two or more parties. It is an informal and non-adversarial process with an objective to reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. With mediation, all decision-making authority rests entirely with the parties.
The mediator acts as a facilitator, guiding the parties in identifying issues, engaging in joint problem-solving, and exploring creative settlement alternatives. Although mediators provide guidance to parties and may make suggestions, a mediator is not permitted to provide legal advice to either party.
Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR)—in other words, resolution that is alternative to the conventional court system. For many types of cases, the court or legislature requires or mandates that parties use a type of ADR process before the court will decide the case. Parties in family law cases must try ADR before a case can be confirmed for trial. But remember, although participation might be mandated by court rule, but all agreements are voluntary. You only reach resolution if YOU agree.
The best way for many spouses and parents to mutually direct the outcome of their divorce or child custody case is to engage a mediator to facilitate their negotiations. A well-mediated solution can leave each party satisfied with the terms so that everyone is poised for a healthier future. Plus, mediation can be much less expensive and less time consuming than courtroom trials.
Expert Snohomish Mediators
The family law attorneys at Moriarty & Associates serve as mediators for self-represented people. We are very straightforward, maintaining that open and honest settlement and negotiation leads to the best overall outcome for families. In addition, we focus on clear communication to assist those who are not as familiar with legal issues.
Our attorneys have substantial experience in resolving family law disputes, and we have a strong desire to assist families in resolving their issues by agreement and compromise. Although some cases must go to trial, many cases are best resolved when families can develop their own outcomes and solutions.