Portland Divorce Mediation Lawyers
Taking a Collaborative Approach
At times, divorce and other family law matters can be resolved without the expense, time, and stress of lengthy courtroom proceedings. Involving a professional mediator who encourages productive communication between disputing parties, mediation takes a collaborative approach to a disagreement. This allows disputing parties to retain more control over proceedings – and their outcome. Rather than lawyers and judges making decisions regarding custody or divorce, the parties themselves can reach mutually acceptable agreements that are in their best interests.
According to the State of Oregon Judicial Department, “the courts encourage mediation of disagreements in family law cases.” In some Oregon counties, parents must attend mediation before any court hearings will be held if their family law matter involves minor children, although mediation may be waived in certain circumstances. We can talk to you about your specific family law matter to determine whether mediation will be required, if private mediation services should be sought, or if there is another approach that will be more beneficial to your case.
Benefits of Mediation
In determining whether mediation is right for you (or if it will be required in your case), you may find it helpful to review the pros and cons of this collaborative approach to family law disputes.
Mediation can offer several key benefits. For example:
- Mediators are impartial and must not favor one party over the other.
- Mediation is confidential.
- Mediation typically takes far less time than courtroom hearings and proceedings.
- Mediation is typically far less expensive than litigating family law matters.
- Mediation helps disputing parties retain more control over proceedings.
- Mediation leaves the door open to more flexible agreements, based on a family’s unique needs.
When mediation is not required by the court, it is completely voluntary. That means that both parties must agree to take this approach. Additionally, parties may find that, even under a mediator’s skilled guidance, they cannot reach agreements regarding their dispute. At that point, they may need to go through with court proceedings.
Is Mediation Right for You?
Like most family law matters, you should not begin mediation without seeking professional counsel. Our Portland mediation lawyers can talk to you about your goals and what may be required in your case. At Levine Law Center, we believe in taking a fresh approach to our clients’ divorce, custody, and other family law cases. We work closely with our clients to protect their best interests and pursue the best possible outcome in their individual cases.