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Spokane Divorce Mediation

Effective Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

Settling disputes in a divorce case without a court trial saves time, reduces the costs associated with the divorce, and preserves relationships. A growing number of divorcing couples are choosing to work with a divorce mediation lawyer or another qualified professional mediator to negotiate their settlement. At the Law Office of Benjamin D. Platt, our divorce mediation attorney in Spokane works to find the best method for resolving each individual case.

If you are wondering if divorce mediation is the best option for your divorce, call (509) 571-2277 or contact us online to discuss your situation in a free consultation.

Is Mediation Required or Necessary?

Washington State law does not currently require mediation, but it is highly encouraged. Some counties have passed legislation requiring mediation before divorce in family law cases, and this trend is expected to continue. In places where mediation is required, it is possible to obtain a waiver if the court agrees. Waivers are commonly used in situations where domestic violence is a factor in the divorce or there are orders or protection or restraining orders in place.

How Divorce Mediation Works

In divorce mediation, a neutral third party works to negotiate a settlement between the parties. This method can be effective for divorcing spouses who are having trouble agreeing on the terms of the divorce. Unlike an arbitrator, the mediator does not make any decisions but works to help the parties negotiate a settlement. It is still up to both parties to agree to the settlement that is negotiated with the mediator.

Divorce mediation can be beneficial due to:

  • Shorter time required to complete the process
  • More peaceful, less stressful resolution
  • Prioritizing the needs of any children
  • Reducing the cost of the divorce
  • Offering more flexibility and privacy

The mediator moves between two rooms where each party waits with his or her attorney. Although you are not required to have an attorney present, it is generally in your best interests to have your own counsel. Our Spokane divorce mediation lawyer works with clients to formulate offers and evaluate counteroffers during the mediation process. We use a results-driven approach to protect your interests and what is most important to you.

Please call (509) 571-2277 to learn more about divorce mediation in a free consultation.

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