Commonly, family law disputes do not go to court at all. Instead, many family disputes resolve via mediation because as opposed to litigation mediation is more discreet, timely and cost-effective. In fact, mediation is actually required by the many of the judges presiding in Marion, Hamilton and Boone Counties. Mediation as a process lends itself to family law case as mediators are trained to work with difficult situations. The mediator acts as a neutral facilitator and guides the parties through the process. The mediator helps the parties think “outside of the box” for possible solutions to the dispute, broadening the range of possible solutions. Often, a judge or jury cannot legally provide the solutions that emerge in mediation. Thus, mediation is more likely to produce a result that is mutually agreeable for the parties. The parties have increased control over the resolution at mediation. In a court case, the parties obtain a resolution, but control resides with the judge.
Most family law mediations at the Center are for divorces, or post-divorce matters; however, we also offer mediation services in many types of practice areas and legal issues, including:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Family law arbitration
Our divorce and family law mediators include: