In many cases, it is not in the best interests of either party to go to trial. Litigation is often an expensive, lengthy and stressful process that frequently results in a settlement that does not represent the best interests of either party, or their children. The only way to control the outcome of a case is to resolve it by settlement. This will require each party to compromise, and usually means that neither party “wins”, but also neither party “loses.”
Attorney Greta Hoffman Walker understands the pitfalls involved in lengthy litigation. As a result, she offers mediation services to help parties resolve their disputes in a more timely, cost-effective, and amicable manner. Greta Hoffman Walker is trained and certified by the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts as a Family Law Mediator.
Am I A Candidate For Mediation?
Mediation is not for everyone. In order to successfully mediate a dispute, both parties must be able to communicate in an attempt to resolve the important issues. In some cases, physical and/or mental abuse restricts such communication and prevents the possibility of conciliation.
In general, ideal candidates for mediation:
Have a desire to work together to reach an amicable resolution to their dispute
Wish to remain on good terms after the dispute
Understand that compromise is an important component to this process
Desire to keep the costs of their case low.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a process designed to help both parties resolve their dispute without the need for drawn out, contentious litigation. A neutral third party, the mediator, will meet with both parties of the case and facilitate constructive communication aimed at resolving the dispute. Mediation often results in a settlement agreement that more accurately reflects the best interests of both parties.
When opting for mediation, neither party is required to be represented by counsel, but both parties are free to bring counsel if desired. Since the mediator is hired as a neutral, objective third-party to the case, Greta cannot offer legal advice to either party. Her role is simply that of a facilitator and scribe. Greta will draft the terms that you have agreed upon, oftentimes during the meeting itself. If complete, the parties can sign the agreement before they leave the mediation.
Sometimes the parties have already reached an agreement before they contact a lawyer, and in this case, they don’t really need a mediator. Often the parties just need someone to draft the paperwork to get them through the divorce process. This is not mediation, but Hoffman Walker & Smith can handle this sort of arrangement. In such a case, our attorneys would represent only one of the parties, and the other party has the option to participate Pro Se (without representation), or at any time in the process can seek advice from other legal counsel. You won’t find any tricks in our paperwork, and we won’t interfere with your agreement. Our goal is to help you get your case resolved as quickly and with as little legal fees as possible.
While mediation is commonly employed in the resolution of a divorce, Greta Hoffman Walker can mediate any legal dispute you may have.
Benefits Of Mediation
Mediation offers the following benefits over traditional litigation:
You retain control over the important issues in your dispute instead of leaving life altering decisions to a judge.
You resolve your dispute with a greater degree of dignity and mutual respect.
You can save a great deal of time, money and emotional distress.
The resulting agreement typically better reflects the best interests of all parties involved.
Mediation facilitates interactions between both parties in the future.
To find out if mediation is the right option for you, please contact Northern Kentucky mediator Greta Hoffman Walker today to schedule an appointment. We offer mediation services in Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant and Kenton counties of Kentucky.