Situations like divorce, workplace conflicts and real estate disputes don't have to be financially draining and emotionally devastating for all parties involved. Mediation in Scottsdale and other cities, offer legally binding solutions that are far more affordable than the high cost of courtroom litigation and the seemingly endless hours of attorney's fees.
A mediator works with both parties in the dispute to come to a mutually agreeable solution. In a divorce, this can save both parties a great deal of time, money and stress. Many traditional attorneys charge retainers ranging anywhere from $500-$10,000 on top of hourly rates. A mediator will likely charge a lump sum fee, and might have some minor hourly rates. As you can see, retaining them will save you a lot in the long run.
It is highly advantageous to both parties, often giving them more common ground than they initially realize. The hurt feelings a divorce causes can often prevent parties from resolving the dispute amicably. Having a professional on each side of the table allows for a buffer zone.
The problem with the traditional divorce attorney route is that it builds up an adversarial stalemate that makes it harder to come to agreeable solutions quickly. This process is often emotionally damaging to the minor children of the divorcing spouses. Intercession firms help lessen the emotional and financial stress, with people who are well-versed in psychology, law and business.
In most disputes, there is usually one party that is more aggressive than the other. This makes coming to an amicable, cost-effective solution difficult. However, mediation firms excel at leveling out the playing field so that intimidation, anger and verbal aggression are filtered out of the process. Some mediation firms are better at this than others are. There are several firms in Arizona that have high success rates. If you go to the state's website you will be able to find some great recommendations for these services.
In addition to easing the financial and emotional burden of dispute resolution, firms can keep the information confidential. With the attorney client confidentiality, you can be assured your bickering will be kept private. Similarly, your information isn't presented in front of a judge with others in attendance, adding to the confidentiality.
This is especially important in divorce cases, where false or highly-exaggerated charges are made by one spouse toward the other. Invariably, these kinds of sensationalistic allegations make their way into the news media and can unfairly tarnish a person's reputation for years to come. Even in the case of sealed court documents, persistent media outlets have successfully published baseless claims made between warring spouses.
This cannot happen with mediation firms, as they are required to keep client information confidential. While the decree of dissolution of marriage is filed publicly, it does not contain the scandalous details that often appear in family law filings that are submitted to the court.
Another aspect that heavily favors mediation firms is client control. Unlike the traditional court stalemate of warring legal parties where the clients lose some control of what is happening, in mediation both parties are able to communicate via the mediator to keep things on track and on budget. Arbitration firms often work with reasonably priced attorney who can advise clients independently about the aspects of their proceedings. This allows an affordable second opinion while staying true to the process.
So how do you know what to look for in a mediation firm? Check to see how long they have been in business. Often, good mediation firms will provide a free consultation so you can check their references and learn about the principals and their credentials. A little advanced research can go a long way.
Andy West is a writer for Out of Court Solutions, providing mediation in Scottsdale and all across the valley of the sun. Visit OutOfCourtSolutions.com today to learn more!