Using Mediation To Resolve Family Law Disputes
In Georgia today, parties involved in family legal disputes have a variety of conflict resolution approaches that they can use to resolve intricate issues. Rather than relying on a judge to settle matters in court, individuals can find a path forward using mediation.
Family law attorney Jeff Hicks has facilitated many mediations. As a neutral third party, Jeff has helped spouses pursuing divorce or unwed parents work together to identify practical solutions for difficult matters. It is his goal that mediation sessions produce an outcome that allows parties to move on from the past and puts them in a position to succeed.
Basic Information About The Mediation Process
Mediation sessions involve both parties and the impartial third-party. The mediator’s role is to encourage respectful dialogue between individuals, advising them of their legal options when questions arise.
Drawing on his decades of family law experience, Jeff is able to explain relevant statutes so that you understand your rights and obligations. With his assistance, you and the other party can use mediation to resolve common family legal concerns related to:
- Custody issues
- Child support or alimony conflicts
- Property division disputes
When you participate in this process, you and the other party will be encouraged to share your concerns and identify areas where you share a common perspective. Relying on Jeff’s informed and impartial counsel, you can then work toward resolving more complicated issues.
If you fail to reach an agreement through mediation, a Georgia family court judge will decide the matter.
Benefits Associated With This Approach
Jeff’s clients who have participated in mediation have benefitted this approach’s:
- When you mediate disputes, you do not need to pay court fees or individual attorney’s fees. You pay Jeff’s mediation fees.
- When you retain Jeff to conduct your mediation, you can arrange sessions that fit your schedule. If you require a judge to settle matters, you must adjust your schedule around the court’s availability. It can take months to receive a court hearing.
- Mediating disputes puts you in control of the decision-making process, which increases the likelihood that both parties will comply with the terms that they create.
It is also important to note that information revealed in a mediation session remains private. In court, any testimony or evidence submitted enters the public record.
Considering Mediation? Contact Jeff Hicks To Learn More.
Learn about other advantages mediation offers in a private consultation with Jeff. Please email the contact form or call Jeff’s Lawrenceville office at 678-894-9097 to discuss this approach with a knowledgeable lawyer.