A cooperative approach to conflict resolution

Mediation is a cost-effective and emotionally less divisive alternative to trial.   Through the mediation process, you and your opponent come together in a carefully controlled environment to draft your own agreement about family matters, ranging from asset division to child custody, visitation, child support, and other related topics.  As a result, mediation fosters stronger relationships between disputing parties.

How mediation works

Mediation facilitates resolution to legal conflicts through communication and compromise.  The disputants themselves decide the outcome of mediation.  If mediation fails, courtroom litigation is still an option available to the disputing parties.  The advantages of mediation include:

  • A cooperative climate: Mediation facilitates discussion and problem-solving between disputing parties.  In most cases, mediation achieves a higher rate of compliance with decisions because parties agree to follow a specific plan of action.
  • Greater control over outcome: By cooperating to achieve workable solutions, the disputing parties get to decide how to resolve conflict rather than leaving the decision up to the judge.
  • Faster, more cost-effective resolution: In many cases, mediation is a faster, less expensive alternative to litigation because it eliminates the costs of discovery and interrogatories and disputants get to set their own timetables for resolution in conjunction with the mediator.
  • Child focused and relationship driven: Set the stage for your future relationship with your child by maintaining an amicable relationship with a former spouse or custodial parent.
  • Presence of an unbiased mediator: Form your decisions with the help of an objective family law mediator.  Develop creative solutions to family conflict.
  • Business-like negotiation: Negotiate with the other party for the items that matter most to you.  Reach agreements that allay your basic concerns.

To learn more about alternative dispute resolution, you can reach us at (304) 345-4455 or email us using our online contact form.

From offices in Charleston, Julia Shalhoup represents clients throughout West Virginia, including Charleston, Hurricane, Winfield, Madison, Elkview, Ripley, Beckley, Hamlin, and Spencer, and Putnam, Kanawha, Boone, Lincoln, Jackson, Roane, Cabell, Clay, and Raleigh counties.

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