Albuquerque Divorce Mediation Lawyers
Mediation can be an effective option for resolving divorce cases outside of court. Although mediation may not be the best choice for every case, it can be helpful to opening up the lines of communication, making some compromises and advancing a case towards a favorable resolution.
At Sutherland Law Firm, LLC, our Albuquerque divorce attorneys and mediators have extensive experience representing clients in all types of divorce and family law mediation.
If you partner with us to represent you in your divorce, our lawyers can help you prepare for and successfully navigate the mediation process, protecting your rights and interests at every step.
If you retain us as mediators, we will serve as neutral third parties, overseeing the process and working diligently to achieve mutually beneficial resolutions.
Sutherland Law Firm, LLC is ready to help you get through the conflict so you can get a fresh start and focus on your new beginning.
How Does Divorce Mediation Work?
Divorce mediation can be ordered by the court or it can be pursued via mutual agreement between divorcing spouses. During the mediation process:
- Both spouses will meet in a neutral location, like a mediator’s office.
- Both spouses will have an opportunity to express their views and needs while the other spouse listens.
- The mediator facilitates the discussion, finding common ground, opportunities for compromise and potential solutions to overcome the dispute(s).
If mediation is effective at resolving all of the disputed points between divorcing parties, the agreement reached can be formally written up as the divorce settlement, which can be submitted to the court for approval and the issuance of a final divorce decree.
When Should Divorcing Parties Try or Pursue Mediation?
Mediation can be a good option when couples are able to civilly communicate with each other. It is not, however, recommended when couples are at each other’s throats or when any type of abuse may be involved.
What Are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation vs. Going to Court?
When it’s right for a given case and couple, mediation can offer a number of benefits over resolving the divorce in court, like (but not limited to):
- Faster resolutions – Mediation can be booked and pursued whenever the couple is ready to move forward with this process. This does not hold true for the New Mexico courts, which have tremendous backlog that can put cases out well into the future. Faster resolutions via mediation can mean that divorce cases are finalized faster, and that may possibly reduce the stress associated with the process.
- Lower costs – The faster divorce cases are resolved, the less they tend to cost. Consequently, because mediation can lead to faster resolutions than court, it can also serve as a cost-effective way to resolve divorce disputes.
- Privacy – While court documents typically become public record, the proceedings of mediation will remain private. This can be incredibly beneficial to those who wish their disputes, financial status and other details stay private and do not become part of public record.
What If Mediation Doesn’t Work?
If mediation is not successful, the case will go back to court for a family law judge to preside over and resolve. When this occurs, the case could take weeks to months longer, depending on the complexity of the case and the court’s schedule.
Find Out More about Divorce Mediation & How We Can Help You: Contact an Albuquerque Divorce Attorney at Sutherland Law Firm, LLC
If you are preparing for divorce mediation – or any aspect of a divorce case, contact an Albuquerque divorce attorney at Sutherland Law Firm, LLC.
Call (505) 207-5172 or email our firm.
At Sutherland Law Firm, LLC, our insightful, strategic attorneys have more than 40 years of family law experience, giving us the skills and knowledge to effectively represent our clients in any legal setting – from mediation to the courtroom. We are ready to discuss your needs, identify your options and provide you with exceptional advocacy at every step moving forward.
From offices based in Albuquerque, we provide the highest quality counsel and representation to clients throughout New Mexico. Our attorneys are also licensed to practice in Texas and Michigan.