You don't have to fight in divorce court. We offer mediation services in South Carolina as another route to a resolution.
Without a doubt, one of the most difficult things to do during a divorce or separation is to negotiate the terms and conditions governing your life: custody, marital property and debt settlement, alimony, child support, visitation, etc.
Many couples have no experience with such negotiations, and it's important to know that there is no “right way” to handle the process. Each negotiation depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the individual couple involved. These discussions can take place face to face or through lawyers or mediators, and they can range from difficult and emotional to calm and rational.
Experienced South Carolina family law attorneys know that negotiations move along much more smoothly when both spouses are at the same place emotionally. In other words, when both the husband and wife accept that the marriage is over and that moving on is the best option for everyone.
The negotiation itself can happen in a variety of ways. Some couples arrive at a rough agreement about the divorce between themselves, only using the lawyers to dot the i's and cross the t's. However, this is usually not the best course of action, because most couples don't understand the complexities of family law, and some don't even know what issues to discuss. Most times, the smart move is to engage attorneys early in the process and then work with an experienced neutral mediator to limit the friction between the parties. At The Stevens Firm, we offer mediation services by a certified, experienced family law mediator. Oftentimes through mediation a couple can save thousands of dollars that would otherwise be spent fighting over issues that can be resolved through reasonable negotiations.
Once a settlement has been reached, it is very important that an experienced South Carolina family law attorney draft all the final documents to ensure that they comply with the detailed requirements of the law and accurately reflect the intent of the parties.