Mediation & Divorce Settlement Conferences
Mediation is often used by parties in the process of separation and divorce and is an excellent, cost-effective method for resolving a dispute. Mediation may be used by the parties to determine division of marital assets, child custody, alimony, child support and other related issues to their divorce. Mediation involves the use of a neutral third-party who does not represent either party, but acts as a facilitator to help the parties reach an acceptable, legally-binding agreement. There are myriad advantages to mediation. In a mediation, the parties do not turn over the decision-making power to a judge, but instead retain control over the end result. The mediation is typically conducted in an informal setting, unlike a courtroom, and involves the mediator speaking with each party to reach a mutually-agreeable resolution. It is not adversarial, is less expensive than litigation and is often faster than multiple court hearings. Still, the most important aspect of mediation is that the parties control the end result of the property division or custody dispute rather than placing the decision in the hands of the court. Ms. Edwards regularly counsels and assists her clients in mediations to help them reach an acceptable, legally-binding agreement that resolves the issues involved in divorce. In addition, Ms. Edwards is a Certified Family Financial Mediator and serves as a professional mediator for other family law attorneys and their clients.