It Doesn’t Have To Be A Fight
Divorce and custody disputes evoke strong emotions, including your protective instincts or aggressive tendencies. If things escalate, you end up in court, spending lots of money to have a judge dictate various aspects of your life.
At the Law Office of Heather L. Stewart, we strongly encourage alternative dispute resolution for the complex issues of divorce proceedings and family law issues involving children. Namely, we can provide mediation services (our attorney is a certified mediator). We invite you to explore the approach that makes the most sense for your situation.
The Benefits Of Divorce Or Custody Mediation
In mediation, a neutral professional facilitates multiple sessions to help you resolve disputes and reach an out-of-court settlement. The mediator does not represent either party or give legal advice, but can make suggestions and clarify points of law. Mediation is preferable to litigation for numerous reasons:
- Less animosity – The focus is common ground, compromise and communication.
- Less expense – Even in complex cases, mediating costs considerably less than litigating.
- Timeline – Divorce can take a year or more. Mediation can be completed in weeks or months.
- Flexibility – Mediation is on your schedule, not dictated by the court docket.
- Privacy – Mediation sessions and settlements are not public record.
- Control – You have a say in the outcome. You decide what’s acceptable.
As an experienced litigator, Heather Stewart knows that going to court often means there are winners and losers, and that’s not healthy for families in the long run. Mediation is about win-win solutions and parenting plans that everyone can live with. Heather is licensed and certified as a mediator by the State Bar of Arizona.
What Is The Best Approach For You?
Mediation may not always be the best method to resolve every dispute. Both spouses must be willing to engage in good faith and do the work to reach a resolution. But if you are committed to avoiding litigation, the process and the outcome are so much better.
To discuss our experience in alternate dispute resolution and how it may apply to you, call the Law Office of Heather L. Stewart at 480-500-8473 or contact us by email. We serve clients throughout the Phoenix-Mesa metro area.