How is mediation beneficial?

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Making the decision to get a divorce is a difficult one. Couples are not only dealing with their inner emotional turmoil, but they have marital issues, such as custody arrangements and alimony, to decide. With all these stressful decisions, it can be hard to let a judge make these important decisions for you and your family. During mediation, couples can make these decisions for themselves. This can help avoid the stress of litigation and give them a more private setting to talk about such sensitive issues that can have a big impact on their life going forward. The mediator involved in mediation does not have the same authority as a judge in court. Instead of making decisions for you, the mediator is present to guide the conversation to decide a final outcome for issues relating to divorce and what happens next. Couples can have the satisfaction of doing this privately, but also with their attorneys present to ensure that they are getting what they are entitled to.

Mediation can also prove to be beneficial since couples can go at their own pace. Instead of sitting through drawn-out court sessions, couples can decide on their own, which could be less time-consuming. Due to the time-consuming nature of court, this can also bring about extra attorney fees. However, mediation may not be as costly.

When children are involved in divorces, it can be an even more sensitive time. Not only are parents dealing with their own emotional turmoil, they have to worry about how the children handle the divorce as well. Instead of making matters dramatic and public in court, couples can opt for mediation to protect the children. During litigation, divorces can get unpleasant. Spouses may start to fight over certain aspects of their marriage that can cause bad feelings between one another. Mediation allows for a more amicable divorce. Parents should be prepared to work together for their children’s sake. With mediation sessions, they are already starting to work together for the sake of the children’s well-being.

What if mediation is not going well?

If you enter into mediation and realize it is not working, you have the option to end it. Whether your spouse is uncooperative or you are not getting the compromises you want, you may end the sessions. This may cause your divorce to become contested and lead it to enter into litigation instead.

Matters of divorce and family law should be navigated with the guidance of an experienced attorney. If you need strong legal representation regarding matters of divorce, family law, and estate law, contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. to schedule a consultation today.

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I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


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