Columbia Mediation Attorney
Alternative Dispute Resolution in Divorce
At Masella Law Firm, P.A., our Columbia divorce lawyer is committed to safeguarding our clients' best interests in any way possible, and this often includes using mediation to avoid costly and drawn-out courtroom litigation in a divorce. If your case goes to court to be ruled on by a family law judge, your future will largely be in the judge's hands, as the court will have the power to decide on matters ranging from which parent receives child custody and whether rights of
visitation are granted, to how much of the marital estate you receive and whether either party will receive
spousal support. Mediation, on the other hand, offers you the opportunity of maintaining a higher degree of control in
the divorce process while also affording you greater privacy.
How does divorce mediation work?
In mediation, you and your spouse will meet directly with a trained mediator who does not represent either party but rather serves to facilitate discussions and negotiations, while also advising on important legal matters. The goal is to achieve a fair divorce settlement out of court, with equitable terms of property division and a parenting plan which serves the best interests of everyone involved. Mediation is private and personal, so you do not have to expose intimate details about your life to the scrutiny of the courtroom.
Is mediation right for me and my spouse?
Mediation works best for couples who are still capable of constructive and respectful communication, and who are committed to achieving an uncontested divorce. It is also necessary in some circumstances: if you bring a
contested divorce to court, the judge may initially order you to participate in mediation in an attempt to arrive at a settlement without a trial. Whether you have been directed to pursue alternative dispute resolution or if you are considering filing for divorce and want to learn more about the process of mediation, call or visit us today to discuss your concerns and review your options.