At Tournour Law, we offer mediation for most family law cases, including divorce. The best way to find out if mediation can help with your case is to schedule an appointment with our legal team. They can evaluate your case and recommend the best course of action for you.
When Mediation May Not Be Appropriate
In some cases, mediation may not be the best course of action. Examples include:
- If you feel strongly that the opposing party should be found guilty or admit guilt, litigation may be better suited to your goals.
- If you are seeking to establish a legal precedent that extends beyond your situation, mediation may not be ideal. Any agreements established in mediation do not bind other parties.
- If you are seeking a large award, you may wish to pursue a trial by jury, as mediation does not typically produce significant settlements.
Our team can review your unique case and help you determine how best to proceed. You may be better suited to another alternative dispute resolution technique, such as arbitration, or a courtroom trial.
The Mediation Process
Mediation is significantly less formal than the traditional litigation process. However, there are still distinct steps to take. In most cases, mediation involves six stages:
- Step One: We accept your case, introduce everyone involved, and explain the goals and rules of the process.
- Step Two: Each party has an opportunity to explain what they believe the case is about in their own words. These opening statements help set the tone for the process.
- Step Three: Your mediator will open the floor to discuss the opening statements and begin developing solutions to resolve the case.
- Step Four: If necessary, you can set up private meetings to discuss the case one-on-one with your mediator.
- Step Five: During this final negotiation stage, you can begin to refine your final agreement.
- Step Six: The mediation process concludes.
When mediation is successful, it ends with an agreement. Our team can draw up an official mediation agreement and help you get it approved. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may need to attend a short hearing before a judge to ensure the agreement was reached fairly.
Attorneys Tournour Law has accredited mediators who are able to effectively help clients reach lasting legal agreements.
If we cannot resolve your issue through mediation, you will need to pursue a different avenue for resolving your case. We can assist you with the next stage in the process, whether that be another form of alternative dispute resolution or representation in court.
Why Choose Our Team?
Attorneys Tournour Law has accredited mediators who are able to effectively help clients reach lasting legal agreements. As impartial mediators, we will not take sides or provide legal counsel to individual parties, and it is recommended that you seek your own independent legal advice.
We are dedicated to our clients and will remain transparent throughout the process. Our team can guide clients in how to choose a divorce mediator and other related matters.
Contact the Firm to Learn More
You have more options than litigation alone to pursue civil, business, and matrimonial legal agreements. Learn more about mediation sessions at the law offices of Tournour Law by reaching out to our team. Contact our office online or call (732) 418-9772 today to schedule a consultation.
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