Does Family Law Mediation Work And Is It Right For You?
At D'Angelo & Grabow, LLP, we are proponents of mediation for resolving family law conflicts. Sometimes litigation is unavoidable or a strategic advantage, but we believe that most families can benefit from mediating their disputes.
We answer some common questions about family mediation. If you are ready to schedule one of our mediators or have a specific question, please reach out to our Waukesha law office at 262-383-2700.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a process for resolving disputes outside of court. It is a negotiation process that is overseen by a neutral third party (the mediator). Typically, you will sit down directly with your spouse or co-parent to work out an agreement. You can still consult your attorney during mediation.
What are the benefits of family mediation?
Mediation is usually less costly than litigation. Mediation occurs on your timetable and can shorten the legal process by many months, especially for child custody and placement. One of the key benefits of mediating is that it avoids much of the stress and animosity of contested proceedings; rather than trying to “win” your case you are trying to find a “win-win” solution. It also shields your children from the fallout of a bitter divorce fight. Lastly, mediation puts the solutions in your hands rather than allowing a judge to dictate parenting arrangements or how your assets will be divided.
Are we required to mediate?
Mediation is not mandatory, but it is encouraged by the Wisconsin family courts. Even if you are not able to reach a settlement, mediating will usually resolve many disputes and streamline any subsequent litigation.
Is divorce mediation binding?
No. You may make a lot of progress yet not reach full agreement on the issues. Mediation is binding only if and when the parties sign a divorce settlement or child custody agreement.
How do we choose a mediator?
Both of our partners are certified mediators who have received specific training in mediating divorce and family matters. Our mediators are also veteran trial lawyers who have a good idea of how your case would shake out in courtroom litigation. That experience helps us guide the parties to fair and practical middle ground. You should ask the mediator about their experience with a case like yours and their approach to mediation
More Questions About Family Mediation?
We are here to address your concerns and explore alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for divorce, custody and related conflicts. Call our Waukesha law office at D'Angelo & Grabow, LLP or email us to arrange a consultation.