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Not every family law case has to be resolved by a judge. Even cases where the two sides are far apart can sometimes be settled through mediation. Mediation gives both sides more control over the outcome of their case and also allows the disagreement to be resolved efficiently and with sensitivity. However, to have the best chance at a successful mediation, you must be prepared.

Understanding Your Case

Before you can get what you are hoping for out of mediation, you need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case. With the help of your lawyer you can develop a strategy that highlights the strengths of your case and downplays any weaknesses. While mediation is about building consensus, it is also about helping both sides know where they stand if the case should go to trial.

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Divorce cases can be some of the most difficult cases to settle. Emotions are often intense on both sides. Moreover, both spouses may feel they are fighting for what is right and what is best for the children. However, when a case goes to trial, many times neither side wins. Mediation, however, offers an opportunity for the two sides to find a way to settle the divorce in a way that is beneficial for both spouses.

How Mediation Works

Mediation is a way to resolve a legal dispute outside of the formal court process. Unlike a settlement conference where the judge is often pressuring the two sides to come to an agreement, the judge is not involved at all in mediation.

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The prospect of going through a divorce can be intimidating and stressful. In addition to adjusting to the change in the relationship, many people are concerned about going through contentious and unpleasant proceedings - particularly if there are children involved. One option for divorcing parties who want to avoid an adversarial courtroom battle is to participate in mediation.

What is Mediation and How Does it Work?

Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) technique that allows parties to a legal issue, including family law issues such as divorce, to address that legal issue outside of a courtroom. The process is similar to a negotiation - where each party and their attorneys tries to reach an agreement. However, in a mediation, a neutral third-party facilitates the negotiation and works with each side to resolve any areas of disagreement. A mediator's role, as a neutral party, is to work with each side to find common ground and creative solutions. In addition, the mediator tries to work with each party to address the root issue of any disagreements and to relay and communicate information between the parties in a productive way.

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