What Is Family Mediation?

Family mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process. Like divorce negotiation, divorce mediation is intended to help parties resolve disputes outside of court. In mediation, a neutral - the mediator - serves to facilitate an agreement between the parties. Divorce mediation is very similar to mediation involving other issues such as custody for unmarried parents.

The mediator may be a family law attorney or a therapist specializing in divorce and custody disputes. The mediator has trained to facilitate and navigate low- and high-conflict matters. The mediation usually occurs at the mediator's office. You can attend mediation with a lawyer or without one. There can be cost savings without lawyers, but this is only appropriate in certain circumstances.

There are many benefits to using mediation to resolve family law disputes. Some of the benefits include:

  • Cost-efficient resolution
  • Minimize conflict
  • Better ability to co-parent
  • Quicker resolution
  • Ability to develop comprehensive parenting plans
  • Creative resolution of issues

Some clients believe that going through mediation can be therapeutic in nature because parties are able to share information in a confidential setting, outside the intimidating court process. In addition, parties are often more likely to reach an agreement that they can live with because they have control over the process and important elements of the agreement.

If you want to find out more about how family law mediation can help you resolve your dispute in a cost-effective manner, call me at 404-348-8953 (toll-free 866-544-0951) or email me to set up an initial consultation.

I assist clients throughout the Atlanta metro area and greater Georgia. At Bruner & Associates, we can help you find cost-effective solutions.