Mediation Services | Schnitzius Family Law, LLC
Dealing with any legal issue causes stress. The stress is escalated when it involves family issues such as those surrounding divorce and dealing with aging parents. Emotions run high and conflicts may not be easily resolved.
For those who are experiencing these types of difficulties, mediation, particularly transformative mediation, may reduce the stress and result in resolutions that preserve long-term relationships with the involved parties.
Contact an Indianapolis mediation attorney
Attorney Portland Schnitzius is a Boone County family law attorney who recognizes the benefit of mediation. Mediation often results in the resolution of legal issues without a protracted legal battle in the courthouse. The parties work together with the assistance of a mediator who helps them resolve their issues. The mediator is a neutral party who guides the discussion in ways that are not contentious and leads the parties to come to mutual decisions on the issues without court intervention.
Benefits of transformative mediation
Transformative mediation focuses on the empowerment of each participant. Each involved party is encouraged to recognize the other party’s needs, interests and point of view. The label “transformative” is indicative of the goal that the relationships will be transformed and the parties will develop respect for one another.
Parents will be able to resolve conflicts and be willing participants in co-parenting. With elder mediation, adult siblings will be able to amicably resolve their issues about financing and care-giving.
Benefits of mediation
In relation to litigation involving court involvement in decision making, mediation offers the following benefits:
- It is less expensive.
- Resolution is almost always faster.
- There is less stress because conflict is minimized and the focus is on mutual resolution and respect.
- Future litigation is reduced because the parties have formed their own agreements.
- There is confidentiality. If mediation is unsuccessful and traditional litigation is pursued, what transpired during mediation meetings is confidential. The mediator cannot be subpoenaed as a witness and does not write any reports that can be submitted in the court proceedings.
- Only under extreme circumstances, such as those involving child or elder abuse, can the mediator be called to be a witness in court.
Role of the mediator
Mediators act as neutral parties who define the issues and facilitate the discussions. They guide the parties to a meaningful resolution. They do not give legal advice but focus on the best interests of all involved.
Attorney Portland Schnitzius at Schnitzius Family Law LLC will assist you with the mediation process.