Family Mediation Lawyer in Washington State

What is Family Mediation

Family mediation gives people the ability to resolve family issues in a private setting with the help of an unbiased person. A common reason to seek mediation is a pending divorce, an undecided parenting plan or a possible legal separation. Mediation can be voluntary (chosen proactively by the parties) or involuntary (required by the court). In both cases, mediation gives people the opportunity to choose the best outcome for their family before a judge is forced to decide for them.

A family mediation typically takes one of two forms. It can be a shuttle mediation where the parties negotiate from separate rooms. Otherwise it can be a facilitative mediation where the participants sit at the same table and communicate face to face.

In a shuttle mediation, each participant has a room to themselves and the mediator will go between the rooms communicating for the parties. In most cases each person is joined by an attorney who will help them make decisions and evaluate the offers. The mediator will take a direct approach and often suggest solutions. Suggestions will be based on their experience and opinions on what a court would decide if given similar facts.

Facilitative mediation will begin with a short introduction from the mediator describing the process. Afterwards each person will have an opportunity to talk about why they chose to attend and what they hope to accomplish. Then discussions will begin, where the mediator will guide the conversation based on each person’s goals for the session. Solutions are typically provided by the participants only. At the end of the session, ideally agreements are reached and the mediator can later put that in writing.

Family Mediation for Privacy and Peace of Mind

Family mediation is often better than going to court in disputes concerning family relationships. This is because it offers a more tailored approach, allowing parties to focus on their own needs and those of any children involved. 

It can also help reduce conflict, encouraging open dialogue and constructive problem-solving rather than adversarial competition. Furthermore, family mediation is faster and less costly than other forms of dispute resolution such as litigation or arbitration.

This means that by choosing family mediation, parties are able to save time, money, and energy which would otherwise be spent reaching an agreement in court. Additionally, the process allows for greater privacy compared to other methods of dispute resolution—conversations in mediation remain confidential so that personal information cannot be publicly disclosed. 

Ultimately, a family mediator can help to build understanding and restore relationships while still resolving disputes in an effective, cost-efficient way. As such, it is often the better option for families who are facing difficult times and need to find a solution that works best for everyone involved.

Justin W. Aanenson, Attorney
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Major Benefits of Family Mediation

Family mediation is a great tool to give you ownership over your family's future.

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Mediation is completely private. The details of your mediation will remain confidential, which means you’re free to be honest and discuss options.
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The process can be tailored to the needs of each family and any issues that arise in relation to children.
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Low Cost
Mediation is significantly cheaper than going to court, and faster too. Mediation is a fraction of the cost of a standard court proceeding. You can often resolve the issues in a day, letting you move on.
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Improved Relationships
It encourages open dialogue between all parties so that agreements that are satisfactory for everyone can be reached.
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In Your Control
Judges prefer that you decide what’s best for your family and mediation gives you that chance. You decide the outcome.
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What to expect from Family Mediation

During a family mediation session expect to dig into the issues. It may not be the most pleasant conversation you ever have, but it can be incredibly productive. If done right, you'll leave with an agreement in hand that you had a direct role in shaping.

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