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The Legal Minute Video Series: What is Mediation?

Many, if not most, family law cases will settle either before filing in court or while the case is pending.  There are many paths to reaching a settlement, and in my experience, mediation is one of the most effective.

Mediation is a process in which the parties, either with or without counsel, will meet with a legal professional for several hours sometimes for several days to allow that legal professional to impartially guide them through the issues in the case and assist them in reaching a resolution.

Mediators, while they are often lawyers, are not allowed to answer legal questions since a lawyer cannot advise people on opposite sides of a dispute.

I have used mediation many times to settle cases and it’s important to recognize that the parties, not the mediator, are the decision-makers.  The mediator is a tool to use to get to a settlement, not the judge.

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Mr. Allman focuses his practice in the areas of family law and civil litigation. Mr. Allman has been involved in handling all aspects of domestic or family law cases, including divorce, property distribution, child custody, child support and alimony, as well as a broad range of complex commercial and civil litigation.

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