The vast majority of court cases settle, and family law is no exception to this rule. If you are thinking about divorce, mediation may be a good choice for your case. Mediation can allow you and your spouse to maintain control over an already chaotic situation. We can help you understand the different options for mediation, so you and your spouse can take the right path for the next step in your lives. Different types of mediation are right for different cases, depending on your goals. For example, are you on the cusp of divorce or are you looking for alternative options? First Look Family Law, SC and its experienced team are ready to speak with you about your objectives and your case and help tailor-make a plan for your circumstances.
What is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce Mediation is a process in which parties who wish to divorce, agree to problem-solve together using one neutral mediator who does not represent either party. Sometimes each party also has a lawyer, but in most cases not. In Divorce Mediation, the parties are the primary negotiators. The role of the lawyers, if any, is to advise their clients throughout the mediation process as to their legal rights and obligations. In our mediation practice, husband and wife meet together with us to resolve disputes both during and sometimes after the divorce. As mediators, we work to assist with communication and cooperation, so that the parties can reach agreement on otherwise difficult topics to discuss.
What is Marital Mediation?
Marital Mediation is a process for parties who may wish to stay married, or at least aren’t quite ready to divorce, but are having trouble getting along, and attempts to reconcile through counseling have not yet been successful. Sometimes there are legal avenues that can been explored to help parties solve problems short of divorce, such as separating finances, or discussing marital property agreements “in case of” divorce. As marital mediators, we assist couples in identifying boundaries they wish to set for their marriage, their spending, and their parenting. In some cases, marital mediation assists couples to stay married for a specific period of time, until the parties are ready to divorce (such as until the last child has graduated, or until the wife has obtained her college degree and can self-support). In other cases, marital mediation successfully enables parties to reconcile. We can provide you with insight into your case and help you to craft creative solutions to assist with achieving your objectives and maintaining the boundaries you and your spouse strive to set.