Resolving Family Law Issues Through Mediation And Arbitration
In a traditional dissolution of marriage, divorcing spouses are each represented by their respective attorneys who negotiate and work to achieve a favorable settlement on their client’s behalf. Too often, however, divorce issues become contentious and it’s difficult to determine who emerges as the victor as both spouses walk away with even more hurt and resentment and less money. What’s more, when minor-aged children are involved, they often bear the brunt of divorce-related animosity which can, and often does, persist for years after a divorce is settled.
At Beck, Jonson & Nolan, PC, we believe that there is a better way to solve many issues related to divorce and child custody and visitation. We provide mediation and arbitration services to help divorcing couples and parents with minor-aged children come together to discuss and problem-solve issues related to:
- Division of marital assets
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support and modification of support
- Spousal maintenance and alimony
The Mediation Process
There’s no rule that divorce must be an adversarial process, and many divorcing spouses and their children can benefit by choosing mediation. In addition to being a seasoned family law and divorce attorney, Kathryn McCord Beck is also an experienced mediator.
Through the mediation process, parties come together to address and work to find a mutually beneficial resolution to family law issues. The mediator serves as a neutral third party who helps guide the conversation and provide information and insight about possible options as well as the related consequences of each party’s decisions.
Why Choose Mediation
In addition to being less divisive, mediation also provides the involved parties more control over and say in the outcome of their case. In turn, parties tend to be more satisfied and also therefore likely to comply with the agreed upon terms. When you consider the expenses associated with court appearances and attorney consults, mediation is also typically less costly than a traditional divorce.
Parents and their children often reap the greatest rewards from mediation as parents are encouraged to sit down in a civil manner, and talk about how they want and plan to continue to raise their children together. This process can set the tone for and foster a positive co-parenting relationship and ideally spare children from being subjected to hostile words and actions.