Mediation

Cline Caldwell, LLP offers family law mediation.  Ms. Cline and Ms. Caldwell have extensive experience litigating domestic relations disputes and bring this experience to family law mediation.

Mediation offers a method for resolving legal disputes outside of the courtroom. One of the primary benefits of mediation is the control it gives to those directly affected by the outcome – something that can have a lasting impression long after the dispute is settled.

The process is conducted by a mediator who assists those engaged in mediation with communication and assessment of potential resolutions. Mediators have experience dealing with the law, but do not represent either side during the mediation – they are neutral third-party facilitators who ensure the process stays focused on a positive outcome.

Mediation is especially beneficial in family law disputes because it allows parties to control their own destiny – which means parents remain in charge of important decisions impacting their families.

The process is also confidential, so the personal matters discussed during mediation are not made a matter of public record, as they could be if the issue is settled in family court. Many who participate in mediation find they are more comfortable speaking freely and exploring settlement options they might not be willing to consider in litigation because of this confidentiality.

Mediation is often more efficient than litigation and as a result, can save those involved substantial attorney fees. Some mediation sessions last only a few hours, which means issues could be resolved in a single day instead of being dragged through the court system over the course of months or years.

Those involved in family legal disputes often find that mediation provides lasting benefits because the process is based in communication – something that can be a challenge when couples are divorcing or other family disputes are involved. With the guidance of an experienced mediator, families discuss their issues calmly and with respect, and avoid many of the hard feelings and resentment that arise through the course of litigation.

It is possible in mediation for everyone to walk away from the dispute comfortable with the outcome – something that rarely occurs when a matter is resolved in court.

Once settled, the mediator drafts a Memorandum of Understanding for all parties to sign, which is filed with the Court and adopted as an Order of the Court. Resolutions determined through mediation are only enforceable after everyone has agreed to and signed the memorandum.

Mediation has aided many families in resolving legal disputes peacefully and efficiently. However, despite its benefits, it is not for everyone. In order for mediation to be successful, the parties should mediate in good faith.

Mediation is also not appropriate in situations in which there has been domestic violence. If any party feels threatened or coerced, an alternate form of resolution would be appropriate.

Ms. Cline and Ms. Caldwell are dedicated to providing high quality, professional mediation services economically and efficiently.  They are available to mediate any domestic relations dispute at their office or any location of your choosing.  Please contact their paralegal Ashleigh at 303.731.0056 or ashleigh@clinecaldwell.com to schedule your next mediation.