In our blog we will try to provide you with general information regarding family law, as well as updates in important cases and statutes dealing with family law in New Hampshire. This is not to be construed as legal advice. Every case is unique and small facts can make a difference.
Mediation in New Hampshire
Divorce is a difficult time in everyone’s life. Going through a divorce is never easy but it can be harder when you and your spouse can’t agree on the terms. The most important terms of the divorce relate to finances and children – the two most emotional topics there are. If you’re about to go through a divorce it is important to get representation from an experienced New Hampshire divorce attorney. Your lawyer will review all aspects of your situation and help you navigate the divorce in the best way possible. When couples are unable to agree on even the most basic terms of the divorce, mediation may be necessary. A mediator is a person who is not affiliated with either party. The mediator’s job is to review the situation and assist in getting the parties to resolve their differences.
The most important aspect of any divorce is communication between the parties. When there is a lack of communication on the part of one or both people, the divorce will fail to move forward. Most often one party or the other may dig their heels in and stand firm regarding a specific point of the settlement terms. Your attorney will often be the first point of contact between parties. When couples find it hard to communicate with each other they may end up speaking only through their attorneys. This situation can end up dragging out the divorce making it a much lengthier and more difficult process. It’s important to keep in mind that the court will require you to get mediation if you can’t come to a compromise.
A mediator may be appointed by the court. Mediation is considered a type of alternative dispute resolution. The mediator may be a lawyer and will have experience understanding the law as well as in helping people understand them. You should only meet with a mediator after you have consulted with your New Hampshire divorce attorney. Your lawyer will answer your questions and help guide you through the mediation process. The job of the mediator is to provide a controlled setting where couples can more easily resolve their disputed issues. The mediator should not provide advice but instead is there to offer a way for couples to discuss the issues in order to compromise.
A knowledgeable New Hampshire divorce attorney understands the latest laws and knows how to best handle the issues that commonly arise in a divorce. Some issues are more complex than others. When a dispute arises you should discuss it with your attorney, who will provide you with the best legal advice possible based on the most recent laws and court findings. Be prepared to compromise, especially on some of the less important points. Your lawyer will assist you in understanding which areas are most important. Choose an attorney with experience in handling divorce so that you’ll get the best assistance possible. Understanding some of the complexities of the law can be difficult but your lawyer will help by answering questions you may have.
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