Carlos L. Williams, Approved Mediation And Family Law Attorney In Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution facilitated by a neutral mediator, is required by family courts in Oklahoma. In cases where the parties aren’t able to create an agreement on their own, the judge will order additional mediation to take place in an effort to resolve the conflict before a time consuming and expensive trial becomes necessary.
The role of a mediation attorney in Tulsa, OK is to interpret and translate each party’s concerns, frame the issues in a neutral manner, and pinpoint the problems that are causing disputes. Unlike the litigation process, where a judge imposes his or her own decision upon the matter, the parties control their own mediation process. They decide when and where the mediation takes place, who will and won’t be present, how the mediator will be paid, and in what manner the mediator will interact.
Mediation is a confidential process with negotiations often taking place between two parties in separate rooms. The mediator will go back and forth between the parties, resolving their disputes, one at a time. The exchange of information between each party and the mediator is done with the parties in their separate rooms, either with or without their Tulsa family law attorneys present. This avoids conflict and allows cooler heads to prevail.
The separated negotiation process allows the mediator to establish a friendly and neutral rapport with each party individually, helping both sides to find some common ground. A skilled mediation attorney in Tulsa can assist in identifying unrealistic demands and will also assist the parties in drafting an Agreed Mediation Settlement. In this modern era, mediation is considered a far more effective method for conflict resolution than the courtroom and can greatly reduce the expense of trial.
The mediation process is generally considered to be quicker, less expensive, and much more procedurally simple than formal trial litigation. It allows the parties to focus on the underlying personal issues that contributed to their disputes, rather than on the narrow legal issues alone.
Tulsa, Oklahoma Family Law and Mediation Attorneys
The Law Offices of Carlos L. Williams offers mediation services for individuals, with or without counsel, who need assistance in resolving a family law dispute, including:
- Child Custody
- Any other family law dispute