West Virginia Family Law Mediation Attorneys
We are your advocates throughout the process
It goes without saying that many family law matters can be highly contentious. Divorce, separation, child custody and child support are emotionally charged matters that can be hard to navigate. One way West Virginia courts try to resolve some family law matters is through mediation.
Depending on the circumstances, mediation can be an effective way to reach a resolution without the expense and potential downsides of going to trial. However, it can also be a difficult process. That’s why you need the right West Virginia family law attorney to help you through it. Contact Klie Law Offices today to speak with a member of our team about your rights and options.
How family law mediation works in West Virginia
In some West Virginia family law matters – including some divorces and legal separations as well as child custody, child support, and other disputes – the court will appoint a mediator. In other situations, the parties to the matter can voluntarily seek out a mediator. The mediator is often an attorney or even a former judge who has a lot of experience in family law, although West Virginia allows non-attorneys to become family court mediators as well. Their job is not to represent either party, but rather to help the parties come to an agreement.
During mediation, the two parties (and their respective lawyers) usually sit in different rooms while the mediator goes back and forth to try to work out an agreement. Rather than discussing the matter directly with the other party, you can talk to a neutral, impartial person about your goals, interests, and concerns.
If an agreement is reached in mediation, it goes to the judge for approval. If the judge approves the plan, it’s entered as a court order and the case requires no further litigation. If mediation doesn’t reach an agreement, then the case continues, potentially leading to trial if you aren’t able to negotiate an agreement beforehand.
Navigate the legal process with an experienced family law attorney
There are two big advantages to resolving disputes in mediation. First, it’s a confidential process. Nothing said in mediation (except for substantive allegations of child abuse) can be used against you in court, and only the final agreement, if you reach one, becomes public record. In contrast, working out the same issues at trial would make them a matter of public record that anyone can access. Second, unlike a judge, a mediator cannot order a specific resolution. They can only recommend an agreement; it’s up to you and the other party to decide whether to accept it.
Mediation can be a useful option to resolve some types of family law disputes, but only if you have a lawyer on your side, advocating for your interests. We have extensive experience with the family court system in West Virginia and a strong track record of results in divorce, child custody, and other family law matters. We can guide you through this process every step of the way.
If you’re dealing with a family court matter anywhere in West Virginia, get an experienced attorney on your side. Contact Klie Law Offices today to speak with a member of our legal team.