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In the flood of recent discussions about tort reform and the many areas in which our legal system needs changing, the word “mediation” was conspicuous by its absence.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Mediation is an alternative to the traditional legal process which, without exception, takes too much time, costs too much money, and gets too little done. Problems with the traditional legal system have spawned a new wave of attorney “humor.” We tell jokes about attorneys, but when problems arise in our families or businesses, we hand them our lives, finances, and children. Make sense? No.

The failures of the traditional legal system are most evident in dealing with family issues. In response to this need, Chinn & Associates has a mediated divorce process which empowers clients to identify and settle the issues involved in divorce.

Find out more about mediation from a team of professionals in Madison & Rankin Counties. Call Chinn & Associates at (601) 202-5594!

 

The Benefits of Mediation for Your family

Mediation is a more efficient method of settling the difficult issues which arise during separation or divorce. A mediator is a neutral party who works to negotiate the issues related to the divorce process. The parties maintain control of what issues get settled first and the final terms of the agreement.

Mediation is not just for couples who are divorcing. A mediator can help establish a temporary agreement for couples who are separated, but who have not made a final decision to terminate their marriage.

The objectives of a divorce mediator are:

  • To complete divorce in an ordered and controlled process, preferably in one day of mediation.
  • To avoid the cost and difficulty of litigation (court).
  • To tailor settlements to the needs of the parties and their children.
  • To foster a constructive resolution of issues in ways that promote the family.
  • To conduct the divorce process in a way that promotes the interests and rights and healthy development of the children of divorce.

How Much Does Divorce Mediation Cost in Mississippi?

Mediation costs less than the traditional process. A traditional divorce – in which the negotiation takes place between two adversarial lawyers – can cost the couple on average $27,000 or more. Mediation can settle the issues often for substantially less cost and a fraction of the time. In mediated divorce, the parties determine how long the process will take. There is no waiting on a court docket with a mediator.

A Jackson divorce mediation attorney may be needed to finalize an agreement in court. However, with a mediated agreement, a party hands the attorney a specific job, instead of turning over his entire life to be picked apart in mounting billable hours. Every year, many couples finalize their own divorces without the assistance of an attorney. The Chinn & Associates mediated divorce process gives our clients the information to empower them to decide how involved an attorney needs to be in the process.

Personalized Solutions for Your Family

At Chinn & Associates, PC, we understand that every family is unique, and that's why we offer personalized mediation solutions to fit your specific needs. Our experienced mediators will work closely with you to understand your family dynamics, concerns, and goals, and tailor a mediation process that is sensitive to the needs of all parties involved.

Benefits of personalized family mediation include:

  • Customized solutions for your family's unique situation
  • Preservation of relationships and communication between family members
  • Emphasis on the best interests of children, if applicable
  • Control over the outcome, rather than leaving decisions to a judge
  • Confidential and private process, avoiding the public nature of court proceedings

Whether you are facing a divorce, child custody dispute, or other family conflict, our mediation services can provide a respectful and effective way to reach a resolution that works for everyone involved. Contact us today to learn more about how our personalized mediation approach can benefit your family.

Understanding the Mediation Process

Divorce mediation can be a less stressful and more cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation. During the mediation process, a neutral third party, known as the mediator, helps facilitate communication and negotiation between the divorcing parties. This can lead to more amicable resolutions and agreements that are tailored to the specific needs and concerns of the family.

Some key aspects of the mediation process include:

  • Open and honest communication between both parties
  • Exploration of options and solutions that meet the needs of all involved
  • Control over the decision-making process, as opposed to a judge making decisions for you
  • Confidentiality and privacy, as mediation sessions are not public record

If you are considering divorce mediation, our experienced team at Chinn & Associates, PC can guide you through the process and help you understand your rights and options. Contact us today to learn more about how mediation can benefit your family during this challenging time.

How Long Does a Mediated Divorce Take?

While every case is different, you can expect your sessions to last approximately two to six months depending on the complexity of the issues at hand. Coming in with the right mindset and the willingness to comprise may reduce the amount of time needed significantly.

When Is Divorce Mediation Right for Me?

Depending on the situation, mediation may be the right answer for your divorce. This may be true if:

  • You want to resolve divorce-related issues in a civilized and respectful manner.
  • You want to co-parent your children with your partner and want to preserve a friendly relationship to do so.
  • You want to protect your children from the stress of a litigated divorce.
  • You and your partner have family members and friends that you both want to stay connected with.
  • You want to maintain more control over decisions related to your divorce, including custody, support, and property division.
  • You want to be able to use more creative solutions to resolve all matters related to your divorce, rather than the limited arrangements that may be available through litigation, when decided upon by a judge.

Perhaps you are thinking, “This is fine for couples who agree, but my divorce is going to be a war.” Mediation is not just for people who agree on everything. Mediation removes much of the adversarial red tape that escalates the hostility involved in divorce. Mediation provides an even playing field for two parties to present their positions and maintain control of the outcome of the “war,” instead of letting attorneys and judges control the results of the fight. And if you can have the same fight for one-fourth of the cost in time and money, doesn’t it make sense?

We are among the best divorce mediation attorneys in Jackson and are ready to see how we can assist you. Contact Chinn & Associates today to get started!

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the objective of a divorce mediator?

The objectives of a divorce mediator are to complete divorce in an ordered and controlled process, avoid the cost and difficulty of litigation, tailor settlements to the needs of the parties and their children, foster a constructive resolution of issues that promote the family, and conduct the divorce process in a way that promotes the interests and rights and healthy development of the children of divorce.

How long does a mediated divorce take?

While every case is different, sessions can last approximately two to six months depending on the complexity of the issues at hand. Coming in with the right mindset and the willingness to compromise may reduce the amount of time needed significantly.

When is divorce mediation right for me?

Divorce mediation may be the right answer for your divorce if you want to resolve divorce-related issues in a civilized and respectful manner, co-parent your children with your partner and want to preserve a friendly relationship to do so, protect your children from the stress of a litigated divorce, want to maintain more control over decisions related to your divorce, including custody, support, and property division, and want to be able to use more creative solutions to resolve all matters related to your divorce.

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Founder of Chinn & Associates, Mark A. Chinn is a seasoned Jackson, Mississippi family law attorney who has dedicated his career to helping clients through some of the most difficult times in their lives. He is dedicated to using his talent and experience to empower his clients to lead the lives they want to lead.

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