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Noblesville Divorce Mediation Attorney

Last updated on June 21, 2024

Divorce mediation offers a valuable alternative to traditional litigation. Mediation is a non-adversarial way to resolve all issues in a pending divorce without appearing before a judge.

At Smith Legal LLC, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional legal services tailored to the needs of our clients in Noblesville, Indiana. Scott Smith is a registered domestic relations and civil mediator with hundreds of meditations successfully completed. Super Lawyers recognized Scott for his experience in family law from 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and most recently in 2024.

What Is Meditation?

Mediation is when a neutral third-party mediator helps parties, represented by respective counsel, negotiate and reach mutually agreeable solutions. A mediator does not represent or advise any parties, but rather focuses on finding common ground between the parties to avoid court.

Benefits Of Divorce Meditation

Mediation offers numerous benefits over litigation, including:

  • Reduced costs
  • Faster resolution
  • Personalized approach to dispute resolution
  • Parties, not the Court, determining final terms for distribution of assets, liabilities, custody, parenting time and more
  • Less stress, less time
  • Non-adversarial amicable process (even high-conflict cases are resolved in mediation)
  • Non-binding and inadmissible settlement negotiations: at the end of the day if settlement is reached and signed, only the terms of the agreement are presented to the Court – no negotations are admissible

Another added benefit is the privacy of mediation sessions, especially for sensitive issues that would not be subject to the public scrutiny of a court case.

What Is The Mediation Process For A Divorce?

The process starts with an initial consultation, followed by a series of mediation sessions where both parties discuss their issues and work towards a settlement. The mediator facilitates these discussions, helping both parties to voice their concerns and interests.

How Long Does The Mediation Process Take?

The length of the meditation process will depend on various factors, like the issues at hand and the willingness of both parties to cooperate. However, on average, a day long mediation will resolve most issues. This mediation does not include the preparation time and discussions beforehand that allow the parties to be ready to proceed to mediation.

How Does A Lawyer Help During Mediation?

A lawyer during mediation:

  • Provides sound legal advice
  • Ensures their client’s rights are protected
  • Drafts the final settlement agreement, child support worksheet, decree and waiver and any other documents necessary and related to finalizing the divorce

Having a knowledgeable attorney can make all the difference in achieving a fair and equitable outcome.

Let Us Talk It Out

Court trials during a divorce are not necessary if cases resolve before or during mediation. Explore your options at Smith Legal LLC and see if divorce mediation is right for you. Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with Scott Smith today and take the first step towards a more amicable resolution. Call CALL or reach us online.