Atlanta Divorce Attorney answers your questions about Mediation!
What is Mediation and will it help my Divorce?
People who are going through a divorce often find that mediation is helpful. Many of my clients prefer mediation instead of a trial, especially when it comes to matters such as divorce, child custody, child support, and other family law issues. If you are going through a divorce, mediation may help ease your frustration while dealing with your spouse over disputes that involve your children and marital property. It is important to note that many Georgia courts may order you to mediate prior to scheduling a hearing before a Judge.
Mediation is a great way to resolve the issues of your divorce without having to go to trial. However, you still need the advice of an experienced divorce attorney to obtain the best possible agreement. A mediator is a neutral third party and cannot give either party legal advice. The mediator will meet with both parties and if they are represented, their attorneys in order to facilitate a discussion that could possibly end in a settlement. The mediator will guide the parties to communicate their needs and desires about their future rather than argue about the past and their positions.
When you are in mediation because of a divorce action, the mediator can help you focus on the issues that need to be resolved. The issues that divorcing couples commonly face are physical and legal child custody, child support, alimony, and the equitable division of marital property and debt. The mediator will work towards drafting an agreement that will reflect the resolution of issues discussed in the mediation session. Your attorney is there to ensure that you carefully read and understand all of the relevant language and provisions of the mediated settlement agreement. Your attorney will also ensure that your interests are represented and protected during the negotiation. Please note that it is possible to have a partial agreement and all unresolved issues can be handled in court.
If you or someone you know is thinking about divorce, it is wise to have the representation of a skilled and knowledgeable attorney. S. Dixon Law Offices may be able to guide you through this stressful and emotional time in your life by helping you understand your legal rights. We will prepare you for mediation so that you can come to the best possible agreement for you and your family.