The Willick Law Group offers the services of its attorneys as mediators to resolve family law disputes. Several of our attorneys are experienced mediators, who can often resolve cases, bringing to bear both our dispute-resolution abilities and our substantial experience with and knowledge of the issues in dispute, including child custody and visitation, child support, alimony/spousal support, and valuation and division of community and marital property.
What is mediation?
Mediation is confidential. It is often a more practical way to resolve problems than full litigation of disputes, and typically far less expensive than taking a dispute to trial. The role of the mediator is to facilitate communication between the parties, bring forth viable options for settlement, and assist the parties in focusing on the real issues in dispute. The agreement reached is incorporated into a divorce decree or court order which will be submitted to the court for approval.
Normally, the two parties wishing to have their dispute mediated hire the mediator jointly. Frequently, we are selected to mediate cases already in litigation, and the mediation involves the parties and their own individual counsel, who also participate. Typically, the cost of the mediator is split between the parties, but any agreed arrangement may be made.
Why Choose Us to Mediate Your Case?
We do not subscribe to the theory that a mediator is a simple messenger between parties. We are fully familiar with all family law issues, and bring to the table a depth of experience in resolving those issues that often cuts through the clutter, focusing on resolving issues, not conflicting personalities.
We also do not believe that anyone should be pushed into any agreement without understanding what they are doing, or why. A mediated agreement should be competently and ethically negotiated, the terms reached should comply with the law and be fair to both parties in view of what is known, what is uncertain, and given the risks and costs of proceeding to an alternate resolution.
Our experience allows us to resolve many disputes concerning technical or complex issues that often stall resolution of divorce cases. These often include valuation and distribution issues regarding retirement benefits, including survivor’s benefits and disability matters. Family law cases can involve a host of issues in many different subject areas, and we strive to address each of them, to ensure that the resolution reached is as good as can be obtained for everyone involved.