When couples set about walking down the aisle, they are usually envisioning the prospects of an extremely bright future together. Unfortunately, the happily-ever-after does not occur in every marriage, and as couples readjust to singledom, it may be a difficult time. All too often, emotions get the better of the parties involved, and the entire affair can rapidly devolve into a volatile situation. Many times, the same two people that vowed to love each other become consumed with assigning blame, and all-out war ensues. Estranged spouses will find that if emotions are reigned in, much more can be accomplished. More importantly, if children are involved, mediation is an excellent option, as it is conducive to a smoother transition. The more harmoniously a resolution can be reached, is ultimately best for all.
Mediation can offer several advantages when compared to a lawsuit, depending on the variables involved. For example, the proceedings of a mediation are kept confidential (with the exception of child abuse and other criminal acts). This may be more appealing to a business looking to protect its trade secrets, or to people that simply cherish their privacy and that would prefer that their dirty laundry not be aired. Legally, what is said during these proceedings cannot later be revealed, or used in court, whereas, anything said or submitted in connection with a lawsuit is a matter of public record, unless a judge specifically orders the information sealed. Another example of when a mediation would be ideal is when the preservation of a relationship is necessary. Lawsuits have a tendency to polarize the participants, and thusly, make the process more acrimonious. This can be detrimental in circumstances where there needs to be contact between the parties after the case has been decided, such as between business partners, landlords and tenants, and parents.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Miles, Patterson, Hansford and Tallant are well-aware of the ways in which a mediation may be more beneficial to you, for reasons which tend to be:
- Less costly
- More Private
- Encouraging of a spirit of co-operation from all parties
- Usually taking less of an emotional toll
- Self-contained by leaving decision-making largely up to the clients, rather than a judge
- Usually easier on any children involved
Although the disintegration of a union is a difficult time, mediation is generally considered to be a much more amicable alternative, especially if children are involved. The attorneys at Miles, Patterson, Hansford and Tallant have gained their extensive knowledge through experience in dealing with these situations. It has been proven that there is more resolution in parental conflict when using mediation. This means that the emotional impact on the kids is kept minimal, and the result is a more peaceful post-divorce family life. Mediation encourages input and inspires the creation of child-focused parenting plans. If you are facing divorce in Northern Georgia, and you believe that your situation would benefit from mediation, contact Miles, Patterson, Hansford and Tallant today for an evaluation. Our firm displays our unparalleled versatility by offering a combined litigation and transactional practice. This allows us to represent our clients more completely than other firms, as virtually every legal need can be met in-house. You deserve the tranquility that accompanies the confidence of being in strong, capable legal hands; call today to have your questions answered.
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