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Working through a legal dispute can take time and may be emotional if your family is involved. This is also a difficult time for most people because of the various things that must be completed and the uncertainty that's involved. Keep in mind that you will be able to settle your case at mediation. You will be required to meet with a mediator and your opponent to make this happen to work to settle the dispute. It's important to get specific questions answered to assist you with this meeting.
Question #1: What does this process involve?
Courts are busy these days and encourage individuals to work to settle the case at mediation if possible. This will require a mediator to be present that will go back and forth with you and your opponent making offers until a settlement is reached if possible.
This is an individual that has undergone a great deal of training, and it's not uncommon for a mediator to be a retired judge or an attorney. You should only attend this meeting with your lawyer, and it's important to prepare for this in advance with this professional.
Question #2: Is it possible to bring a friend?
You may find that mediation makes you a bit nervous and increases your anxiety when dealing with family members. This is an important meeting that could determine if the case continues or is settled.
One way to alleviate your distress is by asking a person you can count on to attend with you. It's typically fine to do this, but ask your attorney to ensure it's okay.
Question #3: Will the case end if mediation is successful?
Civil litigation can require a lot of work and is full of uncertainty. You never know how the case will end until it does.
Working to get your case settled is sure to be in the forefront of your mind at all times. If you're able to agree with your opponent during mediation, this will allow the case to end.
Be sure to sign an unofficial agreement stating this that day, and you will receive an official statement from your attorney later.
The benefits of getting rid of any legal dispute as quickly as possible are numerous. Doing so can allow you to move forward with your life in a more positive direction. Make an appointment with your family law attorney today to prepare you for this important meeting.