It is important to understand the concept of mediation and what makes mediation an effective tool in a divorce. Mediation is a non-confrontational environment where a neutral impartial experienced mediator works with the parties separately and together along with their attorneys to identify core issues within a dispute, find common ground, identify potential solutions and ultimately craft an agreement based upon their work together.
When should you consider mediation? The first and most important concept to understand is all issues associated with your divorce in Louisville must be completely resolved before the judge can and will finalize your divorce. This includes child custody and parenting time, maintenance, child support, the division of marital property, retirement accounts and pensions as well as the division of any marital interest in a business or professional practice.
The first method for resolving all of these matters is discussion and or direct negotiation between the parties. The experienced Louisville divorce and family law attorneys at Dodd & Dodd Attorneys, PLLC work constructively with our clients and opposing parties to resolve differences and reach agreement. If the parties cannot reach agreement and wish to litigate the matter(s), they should evaluate an attempt at settlement through mediation.
The benefits of mediation are extensive. The cost of mediation is often much less than the cost of litigating the matter before the court. It will also require much less time while allowing the parties to maintain complete control over the matter.
Once the matter goes before the court the parties must allow a total stranger, the judge or magistrate, to impose a decision upon the parties. In most cases neither party is fully satisfied with this outcome. It is also important to note that many studies have shown that decisions imposed by a judge are much more likely to result in expensive and time consuming post-decree litigation than those which are reached by the parties themselves or through mediation.
The experienced Louisville divorce and family law attorneys at Dodd & Dodd Attorneys, PLLC have decades of experience representing clients before Louisville family law courts. We invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and contact us or call 502-584-1108 to schedule an appointment.
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