Mediation is a method used in many family law cases that provides an alternate solution for resolving your matter without appearing in court. Through mediation, many parties are able to privately come to a settlement agreement without perhaps ever needing to step foot in a courtroom. This alternative dispute resolution process is particularly appealing now, while the world is experiencing a global pandemic. Virtual mediations create space for proper social distancing and safety protocols, while allowing parties to move forward more quickly without waiting on the court while it deals with an ever-increasing backlog of cases.
To know whether mediation is the right path for your legal matter, it’s important to understand which cases can be solved through mediation. Below is a list of common case types that are regularly resolved via mediation:
- Child Custody
- Parenting Time
- Child Support
- Modification of Orders
Even cases that fall within these general categories may have additional considerations and issues based on the actual circumstances of the case which may make mediation a more difficult proposition or render it impossible to utilize. For example, mediation may not work or be possible for matters where there is a history of domestic violence between the parties unless special accommodations are made to keep the parties separated and ensure the safety of all involved. Other cases may involve a myriad of properties, business interests, or complex financial issues wherein accountings, valuations, or appraisals need to be undertaken and completed before any anticipated mediation to maximize the possibility that the process would be productive and result in a global resolution.
Mediation may be just the solution needed to resolve your legal matter effectively and quickly. To find out if mediation can help you in your current situation, contact the attorneys at OWENS & PERKINS by clicking here or by calling our office at 480.994.8824 to schedule your FREE 30-minute consultation. We remain fully operational while practicing appropriate social distancing and cleaning regimes.