Albuquerque Divorce Mediation Attorney

Traditionally, divorce pits one spouse against another in a petition-and-response framework. Even if marital breakdown often signals an undermining of trust between former best allies, many divorcing couples do not want a dragged-out fight. They have reached the conclusion that the foundations of their marriages have worn thin and the most reasonable resolution is a marital dissolution. However, they do not want to punish each other or drag each other through the mud. They also do not want to squander their children's future inheritance on legal fees.

At the law offices of Atkinson & Kelsey, P.A., in Albuquerque, we are in complete agreement with many of our clients' wishes for an amicable — or at least manageable — divorce. We guide many of them through divorce by way of divorce mediation. Advantages of divorce mediation over traditional courtroom litigation quickly become obvious to couples who go this route. By comparison with a courtroom battle, divorce mediation is quick, inexpensive and more likely to be fair.

The Benefits Of Mediation

The advantages of the mediation approach to divorce are clear:

  • It's quick. You don't have to wait in line for court appearances. Divorce litigation can drag on and on. Mediation tends to be much more efficient.
  • It's cost-effective. Because it takes less time, your legal fees are typically less.
  • It's fair and customized to your family's unique circumstances. When you go to court, you put the decision in the hands of a judge. The judge doesn't know you. The decision may very well be something that neither you nor your spouse is happy with. On the other hand, mediation allows the two of you to work together to reach an outcome you can both agree on.
  • It's private. You do not have to spill your dirty laundry in court. Your private family business does not need to become part of a public document.

In addition to having a lawyer from our Albuquerque family law firm on your side, you will work with a skilled mediator to create a resolution by working together. If your connection will continue beyond divorce through co-parenting of children, the process of divorce mediation can help you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse establish new, constructive and civil ways of relating to each other.

In addition to mediation, our law firm offers collaborative law services . This is a similar process in that it allows both parties to work together to arrive at a mutually acceptable divorce settlement agreement. Our lawyers will explain the differences between traditional divorce litigation, divorce mediation and collaborative law to help determine which is right for you.

Customized settlement facilitation through divorce mediation or collaborative law is one of our New Mexico divorce attorneys' strong suits. We encourage working-class couples, high net worth couples, military families and same-sex families contemplating divorce to consider a mediated approach to dispute resolution.

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Divorce mediation is a reasonable alternative to harsh litigation. Call the Albuquerque divorce mediation lawyers at Atkinson & Kelsey at 505-796-6238 or write us using this online form.