The legal process of going through a divorce is difficult. In addition to being stressful and expensive, a Beaufort divorce lawyer can explain how the process of obtaining a divorce – like all litigation – is inherently unpredictable. Before starting down this path, it would be wise to consider mediation as an alternative. At Fender Law Firm, our experienced Beaufort divorce lawyers can help you determine if divorce mediation is right for you.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. It features the parties and their attorneys appearing before a neutral third party who facilitates and assists the parties with reaching an agreement on some (or all) of the issues that the parties are disputing. In short, it is a method of resolving a legal case without having to go through the discovery process, trial, and the expenses and stress associated with the legal process.
Drawbacks to Mediation
While participation in mediation is mandatory, a successful mediation requires one or both parties to compromise in order to reach an agreement. Accordingly, it would be wise to consult with a divorce lawyer in Beaufort prior to engaging in mediation. Stated simply, a better outcome may be possible in court versus mediation, depending upon the circumstances.
Benefits of Mediation
The primary benefit of mediation is that it allows the parties to control the process and the outcome, as opposed to the unpredictable nature and outcomes associated with litigation. Mediation also allows the parties to avoid the time and expenses associated with litigation. Finally, mediation allows the parties to prepare their own settlement agreement, which is tailored to their needs.
Call a Beaufort Divorce Lawyer for Help Today
If you are in the process of going through a divorce and are planning to attend a mediation, you should consult an attorney prior to attending, in order to understand all of your rights fully. To schedule a free consultation with a divorce lawyer in Beaufort, please call 843.379.4888 or contact us online for more information.