Family Law Mediation
Court-mandated mediation in contested family law cases is becoming more prevalent in this region of South Carolina. In many cases, mediation helps the parties reach an agreement. Whether mediation resolves some or all parts of a case, it is a useful tool in virtually every type of family law case, including divorce, alimony, custody and child support cases.
At Braddock Law Firm, LLC, we have a thorough understanding of family law mediation. Attorney Bryan W. Braddock is a family court mediator. He can serve as a mediator or represent his clients in mediation, but he cannot do both. Please speak with us today to learn how mediation may be beneficial to you and your family.
What Happens At Mediation?
Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that can help people resolve family law matters amicably. It can be better at preserving relationships than traditional litigation. Parents often find that this helps them work together for the benefit of their children, as they decide on custody and visitation instead of allowing a judge to do so.
The mediation setting is typically more relaxed than a trial, which allows people to be more open and work together. A mediator facilitates and supervises discussions between the parties and their lawyers.
A mediator is a neutral party who does not have decision-making authority. The mediator’s role is to ensure that the sessions are free from coercion and that each party has the opportunity to make statements and provide input. The parties may also have private conversations with their individual lawyers.
When an agreement is reached, we will draft the documents, but a judge will review them. In most instances, the judge approves and signs the agreement.