In mediation, both sides of a case come together to see if we can reach an agreement on at least some of the issues involved. The mediator’s job is to find out what those issues are and then help figure out how they might be resolved. This process almost always saves money, time, and stress to both sides of a divorce, and most importantly allows children involved not to be caught in the middle of a long, drawn out process. Mediation is a great way to get your divorce or custody battle over with, much faster than a Court will hear your case.
Mediation allows the parties to reach their own decision, rather than leaving it in the hands of a judge. When judges have to make the decisions for us, they are limited
not only by the time they can spend in understanding the two sides of the case, but they are also limited by the law in what they are permitted to decide. In mediation, the parties can agree to anything they wish, so mediators are able to offer creative solutions that wouldn’t be available from the traditional litigation process.
West Virginia Legal has one of the few Certified Family Court Mediators in the state of West Virginia. Generally, we begin with both sides in the same room, where we can cover the basics and sometimes find some common ground. Then, after a little while, we separate into two different rooms, which gives each side the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the mediator, allowing them to reveal and discuss concerns they might not feel comfortable saying in front the other party.
All cases involving children in West Virginia are supposed to be sent to mediation. Oftentimes, they are not, but you can request your judge to send the case to mediation. You can also contact us ahead of time, and we will work with you to see how we can help. We offer some of the lowest rates for mediation in West Virginia.