New Mexico Mediation Attorney
Our Divorce Lawyers Seek Peaceful
& Beneficial Resolutions
How Mediation Works
Divorce is often known for conflict and adversarial conversations—two spouses, backed by their aggressive lawyers, will fight it out over every last asset. While Claire Sanderson Hanna Law Firm offers assertive representation when it is necessary to uphold your rights, we typically believe in a cooperative approach. Mediation is one of the many methods we employ to provide strong, mutually-beneficial solutions.
Mediation is a legal proceeding where a neutral third party helps two other parties facilitate an agreement. Whether the agreement is the terms of a divorce, child custody, or alimony, our highly-skilled mediator is prepared to provide our services. Unlike a court proceeding, a mediator does not pass judgment or make a decision in any way. Their purpose is to help both sides come to an agreement that is best for everyone.
How Mediation Can Help with Your Divorce
Good mediation is usually the result of two voluntary parties choosing the mediation process—however, mediation is sometimes ordered by the court. A mediator is legally required to remain neutral and not take sides because the purpose of mediation is negotiation, not “winning.” The advantage of mediation is that it avoids the uncertainty of court decisions. Clients who cannot find a solution, in mediation have the freedom to pursue other solutions—in contrast, once a court passes judgment, both parties must abide by the decision for better or worse.
At its core, mediation is constructive and cooperative. It is about rebuilding something better out of the marriage, rather than cutting it up and dividing the pieces. It can be a more pleasant experience, empowering two reasonable parties to reach an agreement that requires no judge to impose a court order. Good mediators ensure that the process is fair and unencumbered by adversarial posturing or aggression from either side.
If you are seeking a cooperative process during a divorce, contact Claire Sanderson Hanna in her capacity as mediator at Claire Sanderson Hanna Law Firm. Contact our firm for more information.
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8500 Menaul NE, Suite B-550
Albuquerque, NM 87112
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