No one understands the needs of your family like you do. When you are divorcing, or in the midst of a family law dispute, it makes sense for you to be involved in crafting a resolution. At the same time, issues like child custody, property division, spousal support and child support can be difficult for you and your spouse to address on your own, both because they involve specialized issues of law and because they are deeply personal and emotional.
If you prefer to be actively involved in shaping the outcome of your divorce, and want to do so in a way that preserves civility and respect, let us help you mediate a resolution.
How Family Law Mediation Works
Mediation is an out of court settlement process. In family law mediation, the parties work with a neutral mediator to identify and resolve issues in order to reach a mutually acceptable settlement. The mediator is not like a judge who reviews evidence and makes a decision. Instead, the mediator is a neutral party who facilitates communication and helps keep discussions focused toward reaching a resolution. Family law mediators are generally retired judges or lawyers with significant experience in family law.
There are many advantages to mediation, including the fact that it is client-driven and thus you have more control over the process and the outcome than you would in litigation. Mediation can be an efficient and cost-effective way for families to resolve their disputes. Like Collaborative divorce, family law mediation allows for more flexibility, allowing you to tailor solutions to your family's unique needs.
Our Role in Family Law Mediation
We participate in mediation in two different ways:
As the mediator: We are often called upon by the courts or colleagues to serve as the neutral mediator in family law disputes. We employ our decades of experience and creative problem-solving skills to assist parties, and their counsel, to reach a mutually acceptable resolution.
Working with clients through the mediation process: We work with our clients providing creative and practical guidance about the likely range of outcomes and possible solutions so they can achieve a resolution that meets their needs and addresses their priorities. Often that involves us directly participating in the mediation. In other instances, we are preparing our clients to participate in the mediation without counsel present.
Located in Bethesda, Maryland, Feldman Jackson serves clients in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and throughout Maryland. We invite you to learn more about our firm, our team, our practice, and to contact us to schedule a consultation.