2020 has been an interesting year so far, to say the least. We are living through pandemic and we are all in the same boat - sailing through some uncharted territory.
Making the decision to file for divorce is the first of many choices. Often times, it's the easiest.
Last night I had the honor of being recognized by The Mediation Center of Coastal Georgia for having the highest settlement rate for domestic relations cases in 2018. 70% of my cases that were mediated at The Mediation Center resulted in settlements. Mediation is mandatory in Chatham County for contested family law cases in all but the rarest circumstances. That's a lot of cases that did not require a trial to resolve. That's a lot of cases that the parties decided to keep control of their future by coming to an agreement.
I like reason and logic. I'm attracted to reason and logic. I abhor the unreasonable and the illogical. As a result, I typically attract reasonable and logical people who want to be my Family Law clients because, well, they like reason and logic, too. And often, the other party tends to be reasonable and logical because, well, people who are reasonable and logical tend to attract reasonable and logical people to marry. Sometimes, reason and logic continue to rule the day and families find their ways through the court system in such a way that results in healthy new family dynamics.
You know the saying, "Time heals all wounds." While that isn't absolute, it is generally true. The passage of time makes conduct fade into the past, less important and less significant. This is never more true than in family law.
The "art of mediation" is that there is no script to follow.
Georgia Divorce Salad
Do you want to avoid the massive headaches and frustrating courtroom litigation sessions that most people associate with divorce cases? There may be an option for you. Mediation is when both spouses meet with an attorney and discuss the terms of their divorce without the burden of a court decision hanging over them. This lower-stress environment can help couples genuinely work together to come to create a divorce agreement solution that is uniquely tailored to their circumstances. This process can have several immense benefits; let's look at five of them now.
I will never forget that day. It was cold, wet, gray, even dreary and just a few days before Christmas.
Tonight's post about the complexities of camaraderie in family law was written by our Marietta and Atlanta divorce attorney, Megan McClinton.