What is mediation?
Black’s Law Dictionary defines mediation as “the act of a third person who interferes between two contending parties with a view to reconcile them or persuade them to adjust or settle their dispute.”
Why should I mediate?
Mediation can be helpful in order to resolve disputes without involving the court. Often, clients that are able to mediate even one issue save thousands of dollars on attorney’s fees. Mediation can also preserve a working relationship between the parties because it can eliminate or lessen the amount of time the parties spend in court. In addition, meditation can offer a relatively quick resolution to a dispute.
What type of case should be mediated?
Many types of cases can be mediated. Mediation is often very beneficial in dissolution of marriage and child custody cases. It is not uncommon for a dissolution of marriage case to cost each party thousands of dollars. If the parties are able to sit down with an impartial party with experience in family law matters, it will likely save them a substantial amount of money.
How does mediation work?
Every mediator will handle mediation differently. Generally, we will ask the parties to submit a pre-mediation statement outlining the issues and the parties’ position. Then, the mediator will meet with both of the parties at the same time. The mediator will facilitate the discussion between the parties. The goal of mediation is for the parties to reach an agreement that will be binding in the case. If the parties reach an agreement, the mediator will draft the agreement and the parties will sign it. The agreement will then be filed with the court.
Padilla Law Mediators
Paul Padilla has been successfully mediating cases for five years. He was professionally trained in Denver. Beth Padilla recently underwent forty hours of professional training. Both Paul and Beth are accepting mediation clients. Padilla Law will offer one Saturday mediation slot per month.