When families face disputes that are traditionally handled in the legal arena, they often do not know of some alternatives that are available to them. These options are less costly emotionally and financially.
Above & Beyond Conflict knows the short and long term benefits of mediating family issues. One of the greatest gifts of mediating a disagreement is the opportunity to preserve the family relationships through communication not available in court related processes.
a process whereby people negotiate an agreement together with a professional, registered mediator. This is usually accomplished in one or two sessions of 2-4 hours each, with both parties meeting with the mediator in a conference room. This produces a Memorandum of Understanding. This document that the parties generate will cover all the issues that needed to be resolved.
Mediation is usually a calm, pleasant experience where everyone has a chance to state his/her needs and propose possible solutions to the issues at hand.
Private mediations are not court connected. The families select a mediator and work in a private location, usually the mediator's office. They may come with or without an attorney. Agreements made are not legally binding until they go through the court system.
Court assigned mediations are not as private and you relinquish some of your control over the selection of a mediator. Agreements signed during a court-assigned mediation are binding upon signature in some counties in Georgia. Some counties allow a three day waiting period in which to make changes. You should check with the county in which you are filing for their rules.
If you do not have an attorney or do not choose to retain an attorney to complete the legal process, you can file directly with the court. This is called "pro se" or representing yourself. Again, call the Superior Court Clerk in the county in which you live for directions on how to do that.
At Above & Beyond Conflict our mediators are non-attorneys with counseling backgrounds which makes them uniquely qualified to help families navigate the dynamics of their own communication style, and prevent them from getting stuck in "give in" or "dig in" positions.
Give us a call and we will be happy to have a conversation with you about your family's needs.
Above & Beyond Conflict now offers a mediated, uncontested divorce from initial filing through the final divorce decree, signed by the judge, for one low cost; $2000.00 plus filing fees in your county.*** Ending a marriage by creating a mediated agreement together, is a gentler more respectful way of moving forward. During the mediation process, a couple meets with a mediator to work out the nuts and bolts of their divorce; i.e., how the assets are distributed, how the debts are paid and how the minor children, if any, are supported and cared for until they are 18 or graduate from high school. Every question the court will need to have answered will be addressed. If you and your spouse can sit down with a knowledgeable third party (the mediator) to direct a discussion within some guidelines we can offer a final settlement agreement, filed and signed by the judge. We have a staff of mediators and attorneys to which we refer, to take you through the process.
Call to see if you qualify.
Marti at 770 942-9361 or Georgia at 770 722-8939