How Mediation Works
Divorce is often known for conflict and adversarial conversations—two spouses, backed by their aggressive lawyers, will fight it out over every last asset. While The Harris Law Firm offers aggressive representation when it is necessary to uphold your rights, we believe in a cooperative approach. Mediation is one of the many methods we employ to provide strong, mutually-beneficial solutions.
Mediation is a legal proceeding where a neutral third party helps two other parties facilitate an agreement. Whether the agreement is the terms of a divorce, child custody, or alimony, our highly-skilled mediators are prepared to provide our services. Unlike a court proceeding, a mediator does not pass judgment or make a decision in any way. Their purpose is to help both sides come to an agreement that is best for everyone. However, if you are unable to reach an agreement, the next step is proceed to arbitration in order to come to a final, binding, and enforceable decision.
How Mediation Can Help with Your Divorce
Good mediation is the result of two voluntary parties—however, mediation is sometimes prescribed by the court. A mediator is legally required to take no side because the purpose of mediation is negotiation, not “winning.” The advantage of mediation is that it avoids the uncertainty of court decisions. Clients who cannot find a solution in mediation have the freedom to pursue other solutions—in contrast, once a court passes judgment, both parties must abide by the decision for better or worse.
At its core, mediation is constructive and cooperative. It is about rebuilding something better out of the marriage, rather than cutting it up and dividing the pieces. It can be a more pleasant experience, empowering two reasonable parties to reach an agreement that requires no judge to impose a court order. Good mediators ensure that the process is fair and unencumbered by adversarial posturing or aggression from either side.
Our Mediators Provide Creative Solutions to Complex Problems
At our firm, we employ certified and highly-trained mediators who genuinely believe in the power of mediation. Our mediators are experienced negotiators who can help you find the best solution possible, without fear of unfairness or imbalance. Our mediators genuinely seek the best results for both parties. Our passion for cooperation that preserves mental and emotional well-being expresses itself through our work.
If you are seeking a cooperative process during a divorce, let the mediation lawyers at The Harris Law Firm provide guidance. Contact our firm for more information.