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Mediation Lawyers in Oregon

Providing Alternative Solutions to Your Family Law Dispute

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process that lets the parties reach a mutual compromise and agreement about the pertinent legal issues regarding their family law case. The mediation process provides an informal setting for the parties to negotiate about vital issues in their case without intervention from—or supervision by—the courts. The parties can decide whether or not to have their attorneys present during mediation. However, assistance of counsel is highly recommended throughout the mediation.

During mediation, the parties can engage in negotiations about important issues concerning their case, such as child custody, child support, spousal support, or property division in a divorce case. The process is guided by a neutral third party with experience regarding the central issues of the parties’ family law case.

Unlike a court judge, mediators generally do not have the power to issues rulings and make legally binding orders. Instead, the mediator serves as an important resource for the parties, offering them experience, objectivity, guidance, and advice as they hash out their issues during negotiations.

If successful, the mediation process will result in a private settlement—called a marital settlement agreement (MSA)—based on specific agreed-upon terms. If a family law case requires the court to render certain orders or rulings—such as in divorce cases—the judge will take the parties’ MSA and incorporate its terms into its orders or decrees.

At Landerholm Family Law, we can help you with the following issues during mediation:

  • Parenting plans
  • Modification of orders
  • Spousal support
  • The division of assets and liabilities

The Benefits of Mediation

As a form of ADR, mediation provides the parties with several valuable benefits that the conventional adversarial style of litigation does not offer.

  • Privacy: Unlike court proceedings, which are generally considered to be a matter of public record, mediation is a private process. This means that discussions and developments that occur during the mediation process are not subject to public disclosure. This provides greater privacy for the parties, so they do not have to worry about airing their dirty laundry on the record.
  • Control: Generally, the parties themselves are in control of the mediation process. Although the mediator may guide and advise the parties about various matters, the parties are responsible for the rate of progress of their negotiations. Of course, this depends on how cooperative the parties are, as well as their openness to compromise.
  • Potential savings: Although private mediators typically charge hourly fees, the parties can potentially save thousands of dollars, court costs, and attorneys fees overall. If the parties are
  • Convenience: The mediation process is significantly more informal than formal court hearings. During mediation, the parties are not subject to rules of evidence, procedure, and court etiquette. Generally, mediation sessions occur at a time and place of the parties’ choosing. Typically, mediation proceedings are held at a neutral site, such as in a conference room of either party’s attorney’s office or law firm. If the parties approach the mediation process with the goal of finding an amicable solution to their legal dispute, the parties can save not only money but also time.

Call Landerholm Family Law to Talk to an Oregon Mediation Lawyer

Interested in whether mediation can benefit your family law case? You should contact Landerholm Family Law to consult with one of our skilled mediation attorneys in Oregon to determine the nature and extent of your legal rights as well as the pros and cons of mediation, factoring the specific circumstances of your case. Our legal team is dedicated to advancing your legal interests and preserving your rights in a family law case, whether your case involves adversarial litigation or cooperative mediation.

To schedule an initial consultation about your case, please call Landerholm Family Law at (888) 981-9511 or contact our office online today.

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