Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. In Indiana, it often is used in divorce and other family law matters to give the parties an opportunity to resolve their differences before going to court. Divorce mediation can be less expensive and less stressful than an adversarial divorce.
I'm Julie R. Glade, a registered family law mediator in Merrillville, Indiana. My experience as a licensed attorney and a mental health nurse has assisted me in helping parties work toward an amicable settlement of divorce issues such as child custody, child support and visitation, and property division.
In a traditional divorce, each party is represented by his or her own lawyer. Since the process is adversarial by nature and depends on the circumstances, traditional divorce proceedings litigated in court may be drawn out — and expensive.
The Divorce Mediation Process
In divorce mediation, both sides hire an objective third party, a registered mediator, to help them reach an agreement. Both sides are free to submit a confidential statement outlining their respective positions to assist the mediator; the mediator cannot share the confidential statement with the opposing party. In addition, Indiana law and rules provide safeguards to protect the confidential nature of settlement meetings. Parties are not required to reach a mediated agreement, but the results are binding on parties if an agreement is reached and presented to and approved by the court.
Divorce mediation can be used to resolve a single intractable issue in a divorce or it can be used to resolve the entire divorce. Each side can be represented by his or her own attorney or the parties can attend mediation alone without legal representation, if they so choose.
Divorce mediation can result in a streamlined, inexpensive divorce that spares the parties the financial and emotional costs of litigation. Our firm values the benefits of mediation and offers this important service to our clients. Under new Lake County family law rules, all forms of negotiation, including divorce mediation, are encouraged before parties proceed to litigation in court.
I would be happy to discuss the mediation of your case. Simply schedule an appointment with me, registered mediator and family law attorney Julie R. Glade, by calling (219) 576-6194 or toll-free (888) 341-8044 or by filling out the contact form on this web site. From my law office in Merrillville, I serve clients throughout Lake County and Porter County in Northwest Indiana.