Is Family Law Mediation Right for You?
When you’re facing a divorce or separation, emotions tend to run high and decision-making isn’t always at its best. Often, couples who go through a marriage dissolution end up disagreeing on at least one thing, and some take their case to court. However, there are many other options for people looking to resolve family law issues, without the usual hostility, and the expense of litigation. Trained family law mediators provide a valuable service, allowing people to meet in a neutral environment and find solutions to their problems in a calm, organized way.
Mediation can be a fantastic tool for many people undergoing divorce or other family changes that involve things like asset division, relocation, or child custody. However, it’s not for everyone. If you are curious about family law mediation in Seminole, it’s a great idea to talk to a qualified attorney about your situation. However, here are a few things to get you started:
Family law mediation might be right for you if:
- You and your partner are separating on mutual terms
- You have modest assets that will be easily divided
- You are still speaking to your partner, and can communicate calmly
- You wish to avoid a costly, lengthy court battle
- You want the guidance and accountability that a mediator can provide
- You want your rights to be protected, without having to go to court
- You wish to make changes to your custody arrangement
- You want to remain in control of the divorce or custody proceedings and the final outcome
Family law mediation may not be a good fit for you if:
- You have a history of abuse or domestic violence in your relationship
- You cannot trust your spouse to honestly disclose financial statements
- You are contesting the divorce
- You have valuable assets like multiple shared properties or businesses
- You cannot contact your partner or don’t know where they currently reside
- You and your partner would rather not speak to each other at all
- You or your partner refuse to enter mediation (it is 100% voluntary)
There are many wonderful benefits of working with a trained mediator, but make sure you take the time to honestly assess your unique situation. Sometimes, mediation may provide a place to start, or may be used at any point during the legal proceedings to gain clarity and agreement.
Want to learn more about family law mediation in Seminole? Reach out to the law office of Julia J. McKee, Esq for your free consultation.