Posted on : May 22, 2017, By: Christopher Hildebrand
Mediation: Why Use Divorce Mediation?
Utilizing Divorce Mediation
As divorce becomes a more common occurrence in our society, the unfortunate reality that it could happen to you is unsettling. With a rising divorce rate, the way in which divorce is handled has had to evolve and adapt. Rather than a cut and dry procedure, there are many twists and turns necessary to see the separation through to completion.
Why Use Divorce Mediation?
For many people facing divorce, the idea of a knock-down, drag-out court case is the last thing they would like to do, but may not know of another way. That is where divorce mediation comes in. Mediation is a way for spouses, former spouses, and entire families to come to a solution without the bare knuckle brawl that can be a court proceeding. Here at Hildebrand Law, we are proud to provide divorce mediation services for couples and families in this situation. Today, we will take a quick look at what mediation is and how people facing divorce can use it to make their situation easier.
What is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation is a way for two parties in a domestic separation to agree on terms of the divorce without a judge or court getting involved. It is coming to a resolution without going to court, which is often more than desirable for many involved in a divorce process. A mediation requires only the parties who are seeking divorce and a third party. Often, mediators come in the form of certified mediation professionals and lawyers.
Lawyers often make good mediators for several reasons. Not only are they trained and expected to be impartial in any case and present only facts, but they have no skin in the game when it comes to mediation. Mediating parties simply need someone who can listen and help them hammer out their problems without any unnecessary interference. It is a much more intimate setting, which allows the couple who is seeking a divorce or legal separation to be more comfortable and candid when determining the terms of a split.
Jennifer, thank you for being my attorney. I could not have been more pleased with the outcome of my family court hearing. Everything you have done for me throughout this case reflects in the final ruling of the judge. You helped me keep my head together and taught me a lot about myself as a person. I learned so much about my life from observing and listening to you. I will take all the advice you gave me to continue taking responsibility for my choices, continue to put the kids' needs first, and always stay truthful. Your diligence, dedication, and persistence in my case made what seemed impossible, possible. You are a wonderful person and an amazing attorney and I am stronger and more confident because of you.
I just want to again thank the Firm for working with me all that it has. I could not have done anything without everyone's assistance. You, Chris and Stacey have been and continue to provide me with compassion and hard work towards my case. Also a very special thanks to Kip for taking my case in the beginning. Also continued support from him and his dedication to providing me with his expertise in this matter.
After interviewing several law firms, I came across Jennifer Shick, and her firm, who I hired to represent me for my Family Court case. Jennifer has extensive knowledge of the law and is determined to bring the truth to every issue involved within the case. Throughout my case, Jennifer was prepared meticulously as well as went above and beyond all of my expectations. Even when the other party tried to differ from the truth, lie to the Judge, and turn situations around, Jennifer remained attentive and provided substantial evidence to show the judge the facts as well as the proof to support what was the best interests of my children. Additionally, Jennifer helped me endure many difficult experiences, situations and inspired me to remain positive throughout the entirety of my case. Her kindness, compassion, and professionalism helped me through very difficult times and made the process feel a thousand times lighter on my shoulders. She truly has my children and my best interest at heart and I trust her perspective as well as her honesty on each and every aspect of my case. She lessened the burden on my shoulders and even when I felt like the case was not going to go in my favor, Jennifer was open-minded and reassured me that the Judge would, in fact, see the truth, which he did and the case went in my favor. After nine months of court, everything finally came together. I cannot declare how much Jennifer has been an outstanding attorney. She addressed each and every issue with diligence, she cares about her clients and their families. Jennifer genuinely cares about her clients and her dedication to the details of the case was remarkable. Overall, I am extremely pleased with Jennifer’s services and I am truly thankful that I was so blessed to have her represent my children and me. I highly recommend Jennifer as one of the best attorneys in Arizona and if the situation ever arises, I will definitely have her represent my children and me again.
Dear Stacey and Kip, How can I ever thank you enough for helping me through the most difficult time in my life? I couldn't put into words my heartfelt gratefulness. You both were so compassionate and professional at every given moment throughout this process with me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You helped me to regain my freedom.
I was a client of Attorney Kevin Park for the dissolution of a divorce in 2016. And since I had never had the need to hire an attorney before for any purpose, I was somewhat apprehensive of the process. But the very calm and professional demeanor of Mr. Park eased my fears. He adeptly answered all my questions and I clearly knew the process and what to expect. And the skilled manner he communicated with opposing counsel was perfect. When it came down to negotiating with my spouse’s counsel, I knew I had selected the best attorney for my situation. What I noticed and appreciated was that he was using just the right amount of pressure with opposing counsel as was necessary. If you find yourself in this situation, you will want a seasoned professional like Mr. Park on your side. I'm very grateful that he was my attorney and not the opposition!
Chris is a smart and aggressive attorney for his clients. Chris always tries to reach a fair settlement of his cases. I’ve represented clients when Chris was the opposing counsel and while he is professional and amicable to work with, he does not back off on what he needs to do for his client
Kevin Park of Hildebrand Law was just what I needed for my divorce. He was very approachable and personable. He was quick to recognize what I needed and provided it quickly and efficiently. I hope to never need a divorce lawyer again, but if I know anyone else who does, I will definitely recommend Kevin.
I feel that Tracey Van Wickler is certainly one of the best family lawyers around. She is logical, intelligent, and truly cares. Tracey always does what is in the clients best interest, does it well, timely and with integrity. She is good at keeping her clients informed as to what is going on and clear in her communication both written and verbally. I have recommended Tracey to other people and will continue to recommend her. I recommended Tracey to someone who was having issues with their ex-wife and his response was, “I know how good she is because I went up against her and she ate me for lunch”. This same person was so impressed with her, he even recommended her to someone else, WOW, that is impressive! I am exceptionally happy with her attention to detail, her ability to explain things in ways that are easy to understand, as well as her ability to keep everyone focused on the most important things. I would recommend Tracey to anyone who may be in need of her services.
For many people, lawyering up is, in and of itself, too much to handle. Not only do you incur steep legal fees, nearly always charged hourly, but you also find yourself going through the mental and emotional gauntlet that are court proceedings. For many folks, they feel as though a lawyer may not be the best avenue through which they could share their wants and desired outcomes. It also means that the result of the divorce proceedings is handed down by a judge. This can mean that neither party is pleased with the ruling, causing them to attempt an out-of-court modification or another auxiliary legal avenue.
Mediation presents an option for a divorcing couple to find common ground and get as close to the desired outcome as possible. Yes, mediation is based on the idea that compromise will occur. However, it allows the parties to come to a compromise themselves, rather than being at the mercy of another party. The mediator is also a draw for the couple, as this is someone who does not pass judgment on their case and instead offers advice when necessary. Mediators are essentially conversation conduits, giving those in need of an outlet and, occasionally, a referee the option.
The Purpose of Divorce Mediation.
The fees are also a draw. As mentioned, legal fees for court proceedings can rack up quickly. From travel to expenses to countless hours of preparation, the cost will take even the most financially stable for a loop. With a mediator, the costs, while still not cheap, will be far less than court proceedings and other legal fees would cost. Mediators often charge a flat fee for their services or an hourly fee for a set amount of hours per session. This, in conjunction with the ability to have a say in the outcome of the case, is enough to draw most folks towards mediation.
Divorce mediation is a valuable tool for couples going through this difficult and time-consuming process. Rather than facing it alone, trust the team at Hildebrand Law. We provide divorce mediation and other family law services for Arizona residents in need. Don’t hesitate, give us a call and find out how we can best help you today.
If you have a question about mediation in Arizona, please call to speak to one of our experienced Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona divorce attorneys at (480)947-4339.
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