Resolving Divorce Issues Through Mediation
Many couples going through a divorce can't afford the cost — either the emotional or the financial cost — of a family court battle. Many people want a faster, less-hostile, and less-expensive method of resolving their divorce.
Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which a mediator facilitates settlement discussions between the husband and wife. The mediator does not create the settlement, but assists the parties in arriving as a consensuses as the element of their eventual settlement agreement. Mediators are usually retired family law judges or independent lawyers with a long professional career in family law.
Divorce mediation can be a successful tool for spouses who need help reaching a divorce settlement agreement and don't want to go to court.
If you want more information about the benefits of divorce mediation, call our Hillsboro law firm at (503) 608-7850 or contact our divorce lawyers to schedule a consultation.
Protecting Your Rights During Divorce Mediation
At McNeil & Goldstein, in Hillsboro, Oregon, we are knowledgeable divorce lawyers with significant experience representing clients during mediation. We are familiar with the family law mediators in the area and work with them regularly.
Our law firm can be involved as much or as little as you want. Whether you want advice on how to prepare for mediation yourself, or you want ongoing advice every step of the way, we can help.
Is Mediation Right for Your Divorce?
If you are considering mediation, we help you assess whether it is right for your situation. While mediation has many benefits, it may not be right for every divorce.
Where one or both spouses have unreasonable expectations or refuse to compromise on their positions, mediation is unlikely to work. We do not recommend mediation where there is an imbalance of power or a history of domestic abuse during the relationship.
Mediation is especially beneficial for couples who want to avoid the negative effects children experience in a high-conflict divorce. It can also help parents maintain a civil relationship which is so important to successful future co-parenting.
The Benefits of Divorce Mediation in Oregon
- Mediation can be a less expensive and more cost-effective method of resolving a divorce or other family law issue.
- You may be able to resolve your divorce much faster through mediation. The family court dockets are crowded and the average wait for a contested trial date is about 6 months.
- By avoiding the win-lose mentality of a court battle, you can protect your children from prolonged conflict and hostility.
- People are usually happier with a mediated divorce agreement. You know the needs of your family and the child custody and visitation arrangements that will work best in your situation.
Contact our law firm today to schedule a meeting with one of our family law attorneys. We provide you with experienced legal representation for divorce mediation and litigation.
For more information about the issues in a divorce, visit our Divorce Information Center.