I often meet with people who tell me they don’t want to use an attorney and instead want to use mediation to resolve their case. It is important to understand what mediation is and what it isn’t. Mediation is when parties meet with a trained neutral third party, sometimes not an attorney, that can help them communicate to reach a mutual decision.
What many people may not know is that in Kalamazoo, Calhoun and most surrounding counties, mediation is actually a part of the Court process and is mandatory. It is not an “either or” choice, almost everyone will be going through mediation.
Usually a person going through a divorce or custody case should have an attorney with them to attend mediation. Since a mediator cannot offer any legal advice, it is important to know your rights and have an attorney look out for your interests in mediation.
Some agreements reached in mediation are binding, which means you may not be able to go back afterwards and fix an issue. Don’t make this mistake, retain an experienced attorney before your case is sent to mediation.
Call us today to discuss your case. 269-381-4471