Mediation, Negotiation, or Litigation for Family Law Court Cases
There are many effective ways to approach family law court cases. Mediation can be an effective way to resolve disputes for couples who are separating or divorcing. This approach involves sitting down with a neutral third party who allows you to find areas of agreement and build on them. Our Principal, Kelly Jordan, is a certified family law mediator with years of experience as a top family lawyer in Toronto. Kelly believes that mediation is an excellent way to reduce the time and costs of court, and negotiate an agreement that both parties find satisfactory. We know, however, that mediation doesn’t always work. We are prepared to guide you through your family law court cases and achieve a successful outcome for you. Contact us today to learn more or start your family law case with us.
What are the Benefits of Mediation for Family Law Court Cases?
You can choose to mediate at any time - at the outset of your case or even in the middle of family law court cases. Here are some of the benefits of mediation:
- Mediation can be faster than negotiation or litigation
If you are in the process of separating or divorcing, you want to get the process over with so you can move on with your life. With the number of family law court cases each day, the courts can become back-logged. Mediation doesn’t have the same scheduling challenges. When you choose mediation for separation, your sessions can be scheduled sooner and possibly completed quicker.
- Mediation for separation or divorce can be less expensive
Faster proceedings can also mean lower expenses. Arguing family law court cases requires a lot of preparation and documentation – costs can quickly add up. Delays in hearing your case can also add to your total costs. Mediation tends to be less labour-intensive for lawyers and for you.
- Mediation for separation or divorce can be easier on the family
Court cases tend to be disruptive and stressful. The rules of family law court cases can seem restrictive, with neither party feeling like their case is being heard. Mediation is more collaborative, with both people being able to present their issues and concerns directly to the other party. The ultimate goal of mediation is to create an agreement that is satisfactory to both parties, not to “win” a case in court.
- Mediation can be more private.
Documents filed in family law court cases are public. If you choose mediation, most documents can remain private, out of prying eyes.
Kelly Jordan is an experienced family law mediator, and the team of family lawyers at our firm all have experience representing clients going through the mediation process. If you want to learn more about the benefits of mediation, read our blog, 4 benefits of mediation for separation or divorce.
What are Other Options to Find a Settlement in Family Law Court Cases?
Mediation may not work in every case. While mediation is a great family dispute option for many who are considering separating, you need to choose the approach that is right for you.
In negotiation, both parties are represented by their own lawyers, and either meet face-to-face or separately to build an agreement on parenting responsibilities, property division, support and all aspects of their family law case. It’s important that you choose the best family lawyer for you. One who has experience with negotiation, and has tackled the issues that will come up in your case.
Litigation is often seen as a last resort in family law cases, as the process can be adversarial and time-consuming. But sometimes going to court can be the best way to finally resolve your disputes. Our lawyers have successfully represented clients at trials in family court time and time again.
When You Need Experience, Contact the Kelly D. Jordan Family Law Firm
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