Nobody likes the thought of having to go to court. For many people it’s a daunting prospect, and it means that things can take longer to resolve. That’s why so many people will avoid big court cases when possible, as they are so disruptive on a day to day basis. However, what are the alternatives when you have a family law issue that needs to be solved? One thing that’s becoming more popular over the years is mediation, which is a more informal way of settling things. So what is mediation, and could it potentially be used for your case?
Mediators are third parties who are completely impartial. They talk through the case with you and the opposing party, and try to come to an agreement as to what’s fair. Although it’s a more informal setting, it’s still important to consult with CG Family Law or your chosen firm before you go into mediation, as they will be able to discuss what you’re entitled to.
Mediators deal with all sorts of cases, such as:
- Property disputes
- Sorting out financial arrangements
- Separations and divorce
- Contact arrangements
It’s important to find a professional, qualified mediator to take on the case, as this will ensure things go smoothly and you can start to resolve issues.
The first stage is an assessment of your circumstances and discussing the case with your mediator. It’s where you can discuss your options, and see whether mediation is right for you, or whether you’ll need to go to court. At this point you can find out much more about the process, and find out what you might need to produce during the sessions such as reports and financial information. Your legal team will also make things much easier by advising you every step of the way.
Mediation sessions are usually a lot less daunting than court, and they’re in a much friendlier, relaxed environment. The amount of sessions needed depends on the complexities of the case, but it’s usually one or two for custody issues, more for things like financial settlements. You’ll usually know in advance how long things will take, so can get legal advice in advance, and get everything prepared to present your case. It’s important to get the right advice, even if it’s just a short mediation session, so you can be sure you get a fair settlement of any issues.
While lawyers are used to going to court every day, for lots of people it’s a daunting thought, and worth avoiding whenever possible. However, for many issues, going to court is no longer necessary, as options such as mediation are just so much cheaper and easier. You can still get legal representation, and can enjoy a more relaxed environment while you sort things out. This is often quicker than going through court, so you can get on with your life, knowing that things like property and finances are sorted out.