Family Law and Civil Mediation Services
Ms. Carrigan-St.Clair has enjoyed a very broad legal practice for over twenty years, which brings an equally broad understanding of the nuances of certain areas of the law as well as perspective on the potential outcomes of a case – given particular facts scenarios and in consideration for the assigned judge or the Court having jurisdiction over the case. With this experience, as well as formal mediation training, Ms. Carrigan-St.Clair stands ready to mediate your family law, real estate, probate, contract, and other civil disputes in a respective, efficient, and cost-effective manner.
The best way to control costs during divorce is to negotiate a settlement agreement of all the ancillary issues and present it to the court for approval. Even if you don’t achieve a complete agreement, you can settle most issues and hold the remaining points over for trial. When traditional negotiations fail to resolve disputes over custody, support or property division, many couples go to mediation. Mediation offers the following benefits:
- Reduced costs
- Flexible scheduling
- Speedier than trial
- Protects parties from adverse court orders
Mediation has proven so useful that several states have enacted mandatory mediation before the court will schedule a hearing. In states where mediation is not automatic, a judge may order mediation before place the case on the court calendar.
Divorce and Family Law Mediation.
Under the best of circumstances, divorce is a stressful process. When couples litigate issues before a judge, the emotional toll and the expense increase exponentially. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify your divorce and reduce costs, while still achieving your goals for your future. For many couples, mediation is a useful tool for removing impediments to a settlement on important issues, such as child custody, child support, spousal support and the division of marital property.
During a divorce or family law mediation, the parties meet joint and/or individually with the mediator to express their wishes and concerns, or even argue their positions. The mediators will listen to both sides, review and consider the evidence of the marital assets, or concerns regarding their children’s best interest, and seek to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both sides. All settlement discussions held during mediation remain absolutely confidential to third parties and inadmissible in court. Absolutely nothing that is said in mediation can be admitted in Court or shared with the judge, and the mediator cannot be forced to testify.
For mediation services, Ms. Carrigan-St.Clair charges an hourly rate of $150 per hour or $75 per each party and meets for two to three hours to reach a resolution, thus allowing for a very inexpensive resolution for the parties.
Carrigan Law Office offers mediation services for other types of cases as well, including breach of contract, neighbor disputes, real estate disputes, contract disputes, repairman disputes, etc. Mediation offers an opportunity to avoid costly and frustrating legal battles through negotiating a resolution agreeable to the relevant parties.