Kansas City Attorneys Providing Family Law Mediation Services

Traditional divorce litigation has a reputation for being a knockdown, bruising affair and with good reason. The litigation system is by nature adversarial and can cause parties to do everything they can to be declared "winners" in their case. However, many couples do not wish to drag out the divorce process or to make things more emotionally contentious than they already are. The good news is family law mediation is a viable alternative for couples who are able to discuss and reach an agreement regarding the terms of their divorce decree.

At the law office of Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, our Kansas City lawyers provide skilled family law mediation services. Attorneys David A. Kelly and John Reed serve clients throughout Wyandotte County, Johnson County and the Greater Kansas City metro area. Contact us online or call 816-347-1818 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.

The Mediation Process

In the mediation process, a mediator serves as a neutral third party. Divorcing couples meet with the mediator and work together to help craft a settlement that both parties can agree to. This process is typically used prior to filing for divorce. Once a couple has reached an agreement, the mediator will prepare a written settlement that will be filed with the court. If an agreement cannot be reached, that is okay too. The process is nonbinding, and our attorneys can help explore your other options for resolving your divorce.

The Advantages Of Divorce Mediation

There are a number of advantages to mediation over traditional divorce litigation, including:

Creating solutions designed to last: When couples work together to mediate the major issues in their divorce case, it helps to foster respectful discussions and compromise, which in turn leads to long-lasting solutions that will be honored by both parties.

Confidentiality: Court proceedings are a matter of public record. The mediation process and results are kept private.

Providing you with control: The mediation process puts the control in your hands and important decisions are not left to a judge who does not know you on a personal level.

Easier on children: Divorce is hard enough on parents to say nothing of children. In traditional litigation, kids often find themselves stuck in the middle, despite the best intentions of the parents. When parents show that they are able to cooperate and reach an agreement, it is often easier for children to adjust.

Saves time and money: Mediation is almost always less expensive than a courtroom divorce. You are not hiring experts on either side nor are you each responsible for hiring a lawyer. It also helps you set the timetable instead of being beholden to court schedules.

Call For A Free Initial Consultation Today

To learn more about our Missouri family law services, please contact us online or call 816-347-1818 to set up a free initial consultation. For those who cannot make it to our office during the workday, we can schedule evening appointments.