Mediation is a tool to resolve disputes without the emotional toil, time and expense typical of a traditional judicial resolution. The clients work with the mediator's guidance to establish their own solutions. Mediators are able to give more time and attention to the matter before them than judges can at a family court hearing. Not only does Mary utilize mediation is her practice, she is also a trained and certified family court mediator by the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
With over twenty years of practice behind her, Mary draws on this experience to help parties avoid the courtroom in matters such as Divorce, Property Division, Alimony, Child Support, Child Custody and Modification of existing Custody Arrangements.
In addition to being an experienced litigator, Mary is a Collaborative attorney and has specialized training that facilitates interest-based negotiation and serves as an educator and guide through the collaborative process. Mary will also advocate for you, identify questions and issues that need resolution, provide legal advice, generate and evaluate resolution options, manage conflict, and assist in implementing agreements.
Collaborative Law Offers a No-Court Alternative
If your marriage is ending, you may feel overwhelmed. Collaborative Law (also called Collaborative Divorce or Collaborative Practice) is a structured process that provides an alternative to court. The Collaborative choice offers you the opportunity to focus on what is important to you, your family and your future.
Couples facing separation and divorce encounter many challenges, especially when children are involved. Parents must resolve important issues with significant thought to the after-effects. Collaborative Family Law provides a positive context in which to deal with these concerns without resorting to litigation.
The lawyers and clients sign a Participation Agreement which provides that if the parties are unable to reach a settlement, the lawyers will withdraw from the case and assist the clients in transitioning the case to trial attorneys. By establishing an open, cooperative environment, parties and their counsel can work toward a settlement that benefits everyone.