Mediation and Collaborative Law

Mediation Attorney for St. Clair County

Mediation is an informal, non-adversarial practice that allows a neutral third party to work with aggrieved parties to foster an agreeable solution for both sides. A mediator facilitates dispute resolution by encouraging the parties, but does not dictate a final judgment to which parties must adhere. Mediation is a process, and the objective is to help parties reach an acceptable agreement of their own designation.

Because a mediator works to affect a resolution for both sides, a mediator cannot represent either party in any court proceedings related to the issue. The process and all discussions entered in the pursuit of resolution are completely confidential.

Mediation offers numerous advantages to parties seeking an alternative to the court process. These advantages include:

  • Because mediation is self-determined, it allows the parties to have substantial control over all aspects of a resolution.
  • Parties can tailor their own solutions to suit the particularities of individual needs rather than allowing a judge or jury to determine the fate of a dispute.
  • Mediation is extremely cost effective and avoids the expense associated with litigation and possible lengthy appeals.
  • The likelihood of resolving a conflict quickly is far greater with mediation than with traditional litigation due to the large backlogs of cases and continued budget cuts in the courts.
  • Mediation is less hostile than the adversarial courtroom.
  • Instead of pitting parties against each other, it allows parties to work together, maintaining civility, while reaching a favorable solution.

Mediation is not intended as a replacement for the judicial process, but instead as an aid. It is a voluntary and non-binding course of action. If parties cannot reach a satisfactory resolution, the traditional litigation process is still available to them.

Securing a mediator ensures that a qualified and experienced professional will guide you through your conflicts while relying on your own input and participation to privately and confidentially settle any discord in your affairs.

The "Parents are Forever" grant is a way to mediate your case without the cost of the mediator. This grant allows mediation through a court order for clients who are going through a divorce. The parties must make a combined gross income of less than sixty-thousand ($60,000.00) dollars a year and there must be children involved. Your attorney can ask for a court order for this mediation or if the judge determines mediation could be beneficial then he or she will order the parties to mediation.

Contact a Pell City Attorney who is registered with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, Inc.

Contact the law office of Stephanie Bain, P.C. today to speak with an Alabama attorney who has met the Mediation Registration Standards and Procedures. My office is conveniently located on Cogswell Avenue, right off of I-20. Call 205-235-5030 today for a FREE consultation.