Long & Mathies Law Firm, P.C. provides the full range and scope of Family Law Mediation Services. To find out our availability for half or full day mediation sessions or if you have any questions, please contact us directly.
Mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution, is defined as “a method of non-binding dispute resolution involving a neutral third party who tries to help the disputing parties reach a mutually agreeable solution”. (Black’s Law Dictionary 9th ed. 2009)
Local courts are becoming increasingly busy, court calendars fill up quickly, and sometime it can take months to be assigned a court date for the litigation of your issues. Courts, in part because of this reason, are directing people to mediate their family law matters prior to being allowed to have a contested hearing. For instance, Warrick County Local Rule LR87-ADR 1.6-3 requires all domestic relations, dissolution, legal separation or custody issues shall be submitted to mediation before the matter may be tried before the court. Vanderburgh County Local Rule LR82-FL-00 Rule 4.04(B) gives judges and magistrates discretion in requiring mediation in family law matters taking less than one-half (1/2) day of court time and requires all contested hearings comprising over one-half (1/2) day of court time be mediated. In both Warrick and Vanderburgh County, the mediation requirement can only be waived by a Judge or Magistrate.
For more information about Mediation, please visit this link to the Indiana Judicial Branch Page on Alternative Dispute Resolution.