Mediation Attorneys in Lee’s Summit, MO
Content Reviewed by Kristin Siegel, JD | Attorney at Law
When a family law matter is contested, mediation can be an efficient and cost-effective alternative to a trial. The lawyers at Leonard Rodarte Siegel are highly skilled mediators who have assisted in hundreds of cases in Lees Summit. They can help you work towards a resolution by ensuring that both parties have an opportunity to be heard, and proposing compromises that you may not have previously considered. In addition to mediation, you may also wish to explore is the collaborative law process, where the parties agree in advance to keep their dispute out of the courtroom. Collaborative law is another alternative to the adversarial process offered by the court system. In collaborative law cases, the parties agree to keep their dispute out of the courtroom and each party is represented by a specially qualified attorney. The collaborative law process may also involve the assistance of other professionals, including counselors and financial specialists. The goal in collaborative law cases is to reach a fair settlement of all issues without the use of hostile practices. Lawyers at Leonard Rodarte Siegel have been trained in collaborative law and can assist you in resolving your family law dispute. When you need a knowledgeable family law attorney or an experienced mediator our Missouri law firm provides you with a team who is dedicated to resolving your legal issue as quickly and easily as possible. We offer personalized attention, decades of experience and an understanding of the emotional toll that such issues can take.
Mediation Law Missouri
Our trained Mediators serve Jackson, Clay, Cass, Platte, Johnson, Lafayette County, and Other Surrounding Counties. Mediation in Missouri is defined as a process in which a neutral third party facilitates communications between the parties to promote settlement. Mediation is often mandatory, but the parties may voluntarily mediate their disputes without a court order. Mediation can be customized to address your specific dispute, whether it concerns the division of assets, child custody and parenting time, child support and spousal maintenance, or any combination. Most importantly, a mediation is always neutral as lawyers are not permitted (mediator excluded) in the room during a settlement.
Types of Child Custody in Lees Summit
Custody refers to the legal rights and responsibilities of parents to their children. The primary consideration in all custody cases is the best interest of the child. In any case involving custody, the court must make two types of orders: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make important decisions regarding the child’s health, education and general welfare. In Missouri it is the goal for both parents to have meaningful participation in a child’s life (joint legal custody.) Physical custody concerns the general arrangement for the amount of time each parent spends with the child. A key consideration in physical custody matters is a schedule of parenting time or visitation. Both legal and physical custody can be shared (joint custody) or awarded to only one parent (sole custody). Law requires that both parents get frequent and meaningful contact with a child in a joint custody arrangement, while a sole custody arrangement may have issues of neglect, abuse or other parental issues. The custody arrangement most appropriate in your situation depends on the circumstances of your case. Our attorneys can provide you with sound guidance when establishing a custody arrangement that is in the best interest of your child.
How is Mediation Different than a Collaborative Law Approach?
For most, trials and litigation are far too expensive and time consuming on top of the stress that accompanies the changes one is going through. Mediation can significantly lower the expenses of obtaining a dissolution, resolving child custody or other family law disputes. Family law mediation can enable you and your spouse to maintain a working relationship after a divorce agreement is reached. The goal of mediation is to reach positive outcomes for all parties involved without involving the courts or additional lawyers. In collaborative law, and any court proceedings, both parties will hire a lawyer for negotiations, while in mediation neither party is permitted a lawyer except for beginning stages. In nearly all steps of mediation, the concerned parties and the mediator are allowed to be in the meeting or caucus rooms. In collaborative law, there is a much lengthier discovery process to ensure that all property and assets are disclosed and can be negotiated. Another difference can be the timing of when either mediation or a collaborative approach occurs. Typically mediation will either be mandated or agreed upon later in a family law process. In both mediation and a collaborative law approach, the goal is to create a resolution that is amicable for both parties.
Things you may not know about mediation:
• Involved parties do not have to get along for mediation to work
• Participants can consult with other professionals at any time
• Mediation can be used for all or some aspects of a legal dispute
• You can opt for mediation at any point during legal proceedings
• Mediators do not offer legal advice or make decisions on your dispute
Contact Us For A Mediation Consultation
Our Mediation lawyers have assisted many clients with mediation in Missouri including Cass County, Clay County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Lafayette County, Platte County, and Other Surrounding Counties. Each mediation session varies in complexity and our lawyers are experts in handling divorce mediation, child custody mediation, child support mediation and other complex situations that arise. Our lawyers will review your situation to ensure it is appropriate for mediation and that we handle it in a timely, quick and affordable manner. Let our Lees Summit Missouri Mediators at Leonard Rodarte Siegel work for you. Contact us at 816-836-9950 or contact us online.