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What Happens During a Mediation Session in Georgia? 

In the realm of family law, disputes are not uncommon. Whether it’s issues regarding divorce, child custody, or property division, finding resolutions can often be a challenging and emotionally taxing journey. In Georgia, one avenue that many individuals turn to for resolving such disputes is mediation. 

In this blog, learn more about mediation in Georgia and what to expect during your mediation session. 

What is Mediation in Georgia? 

Mediation serves as a voluntary, confidential process where parties work with a neutral third-party mediator to resolve conflicts. Unlike litigation, mediation empowers parties by fostering open communication and cooperation. This alternative dispute resolution provides a collaborative environment where individuals can express their concerns, explore options, and work toward solutions tailored to their unique circumstances.  

Benefits of choosing mediation include: 





Preservation of Relationships 

What To Expect During Your Mediation Session with Brown Dutton & Crider 

During a typical mediation session in Georgia, you can expect a structured, yet flexible process designed to promote productive discussions and facilitate compromise. Mediation sessions are typically held in caucus (separate rooms), so you won’t need to worry about what you can or cannot say around your ex.  

Here’s an overview of what to expect during a mediation session: 

  1. Introduction and Ground Rules: The mediator will start by introducing themselves and explaining the ground rules for the session, including guidelines for respectful communication and confidentiality. 
  1. Opening Statements: Each party will have the opportunity to make an opening statement, where they can express their perspective on the issues at hand, concerns, and desired outcomes. 
  1. Identifying Issues: The mediator will guide the conversation to identify the key issues that need to be addressed. This may include matters such as child custody arrangements, asset division, or spousal support. 
  1. Exploring Solutions: With the assistance of the mediator, the parties will brainstorm and explore various options for resolving the issues. This may involve compromises, concessions, or creative solutions that meet the unique interests of all involved. 
  1. Negotiation and Agreement: Once potential solutions have been identified, the parties will engage in negotiation facilitated by the mediator. The goal is to reach a mutually acceptable agreement that addresses the concerns of both sides. 
  1. Drafting the Agreement: If an agreement is reached, the mediator and/or the attorneys present will help draft a formal agreement outlining the terms and conditions agreed upon by the parties. 
  1. Finalization: Once the agreement is drafted, it will be reviewed and signed by all parties involved. Depending on the nature of the dispute, the agreement may need to be filed with the court. 

When Should You Utilize Mediation in Georgia? 

Mediation can be a beneficial option in various family law matters, including: 

➡️ Divorce: Divorce mediation can help divorcing couples navigate issues of divorce more amicably and cost-effectively than traditional litigation. 

➡️ Child Custody and Visitation Disputes: Parents who are unable to agree on child custody and visitation schedules can use mediation to develop a parenting plan that prioritizes the best interests of the child. 

➡️ Alimony: Mediation allows spouses to discuss their financial circumstances and reach a fair agreement regarding spousal support.  

➡️ Property Division: Mediation allows parties to work together to divide marital property, assets, and debts in a manner that is fair and equitable. 

➡️ Modifications and Enforcement: Mediation can also be used to resolve disputes arising from modifications, existing court orders, or enforcement actions. 

Partner with Brown Dutton & Crider for Mediation in Georgia 

At Brown Dutton & Crider, we recognize the value of mediation as a tool for resolving family law disputes with efficiency. Our team of experienced family law attorneys is dedicated to guiding clients through the mediation process with compassion, expertise, and commitment. Whether you’re facing a divorce, child custody dispute, or another family law issue, we’re here to provide the support and advocacy you need. 

If you have questions about your unique situation, contact the attorneys at Brown Dutton & Crider today. Call (678) 730-2578 or book a consultation now.