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Divorce Mediation Attorney Serving Everett And Seattle

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As your life goes through the upheaval of a divorce or other family law issues, any control you can have over the process can be beneficial. In order to help our clients remain in control, we encourage them to come to an agreement through mediation.

As a team of Washington divorce attorneys, we understand the mediation process, and we can help clients use mediation as a tool that puts them in charge of their situation and saves them time and money. To learn how we can help in your case, contact Akiona Law, PLLC, by filling out our online form or calling 425-740-2209.

What Happens During The Mediation Process In Washington?

In Snohomish County, mediation is required in most divorce and family law-related cases, with limited exceptions. The process is designed to help parties resolve their differences without having to go through the time and expense of a trial. Some of the things we often discuss with our clients in regard to mediation include:

  • A neutral third party, the mediator, facilitates the process.
  • The parties are able to have the assistance of their attorneys during mediation.
  • The mediator does not make any decisions or issue any orders. It is up to the parties to take any suggestions that the mediator has and try to come to a resolution on their own.
  • You will be unable to go to trial in family law court if you have not gone through mediation.
  • If your case does go to trial, you will no longer have control of the process and the judge will decide on such issues as property division, alimony, and child support and custody.

Even though you are in control during mediation, it is highly beneficial to have the guidance of an experienced Everett mediation team. Whether mediation works in your situation or not, our attorneys can use their knowledgeable and skilled approach to the law to serve as the strong advocates you need during the divorce process.

What Is The Difference Between Mediation And Collaborative Divorce?

Mediation and collaborative divorce are two dispute resolution methods. They offer a different choice aside from traditional litigation. In mediation, a neutral third party called a mediator facilitates discussions between the divorcing spouses to help them reach a mutually agreeable settlement. In contrast, collaborative divorce involves each party having their own attorney committed to resolving disputes. Both parties and their attorneys agree to work together respectfully to negotiate a settlement that meets the needs of both sides.

What Are The Benefits To Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation offers several benefits, including more control over the outcome for both parties as they work together to reach an agreement. It’s generally less adversarial than court proceedings, which can reduce emotional stress and promote a more amicable post-divorce relationship, particularly important when children are involved. Mediation can also be more cost-effective and faster than a traditional divorce, as it avoids the expenses and time associated with court battles. Additionally, the process is private, keeping the details of the divorce confidential.

How Long Does The Divorce Mediation Usually Take?

The length of the divorce mediation process varies significantly, depending on the complexity of the issues and the willingness of both parties to negotiate. Typically, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Simpler cases with few disputes may resolve quickly, while more complex situations, such as those involving children, substantial assets or businesses, will require more time for thorough discussion and agreement. The efficiency of the mediator and the cooperation level of the parties also play a role in the time frame.

Is A Lawyer Necessary For Divorce Mediation?

While a lawyer is not strictly required in divorce mediation, having legal counsel can be beneficial. Lawyers can provide valuable legal advice, help prepare the necessary documentation and protect their client’s rights throughout the process. Some people choose to have their lawyers present during mediation sessions, while others may consult with them between sessions. It’s also common to have a lawyer review the final agreement before signing, to ensure that it is fair and in line with legal standards.

Contact Experienced Divorce Mediation Attorneys

For an initial consultation with a team of skilled lawyers to assist you in mediation, contact Akiona Law, PLLC, at 425-740-2209 or contact us online.