Mediation is a great option to a long protracted and expensive divorce or custody dispute. In mediation the parties are the decision makers, and are attempting to enter into a mutually acceptable settlement agreement. The mediator is not acting as an attorney or representative or fiduciary of either party, he is an impartial moderator, whose purpose is to assist the parties to come to an agreement. The mediator may also offer opinions about the merits or possible outcomes, at the parties’ request.
The parties to a divorce or family dispute are in the best position to know the needs, and problems of their family unit, and therefore, may wish to retain as much control as possible over the issues in their divorce or family dispute. Mediation allows the parties to resolve their own issues, within the confines of the law, instead of a Judge, who is a stranger to the parties' situation. Successful Mediation saves money, time and can be much less stressful. If you are going through a divorce or family dispute, call one of our conveniently located offices located in Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach for a free consultation; however, please note that if you and an opposing party want to participate in mediation both parties should come to the first free consultation and when the appointment is set you need to specify that you are coming in to discuss mediation.