What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a form of dispute resolution that involves meeting in a neutral location and working out the details of an agreement with the help of an impartial legal professional (a “mediator”). In child custody cases, this means sitting down with your lawyer, your child’s other parent, their lawyer, and a mediator. Together, you work to reach an agreement on these and other factors that affect your children:
- Physical custody and parenting time of the children
- A visitation schedule
- Child-related expenses
- Decision-making authority (for instance, those related to the children’s education, religious upbringing, and medical care)
As I’ve said, mediation has its benefits. Done right, it can save you a great deal of time, stress, and money. However, if you and the other parent can’t find a compromise on your own, you have other options — litigation included. With me at your side, you’ll have a strong advocate on your side in or out of court.
What Is Litigation?
People tend to think the term “litigation” is synonymous with “trial,” but in truth, there are quite a few steps to litigation before trial ever becomes a factor — that is, if it does at all. Really, litigation is simply the next step to resolving a legal issue when out-of-court negotiations aren’t working.
With my litigation experience, I will do everything I can to resolve your matter before trial becomes necessary (thereby saving you time and money). I will also explain everything in plain terms so that you know exactly what to expect as your case unfolds. However, should negotiations fail, I am never afraid to take a case to trial and will provide aggressive representation at trial.