Tacoma Family Law Attorney and Mediator
Divorce and other family law matters do not have to be financially costly; they can be made much more affordable by using mediation. In addition to saving money, divorce mediation offers the involved parties the opportunity to resolve problems in a manner that takes personal needs and preferences into account. In court, an impartial judge makes your life decisions for you and you have to abide by the court order whether it would be your first choice or not.
At the Law Office of Rachel Rolfs in Tacoma, Washington, we work with individuals, couples and families in Pierce County to resolve their family law matters in the best manner for them. At our office, Lawyer Rachel Rolfs represents clients through alternative dispute resolution methods (ADR) such as collaborative law Law Practice Area and mediation as well as standard court (litigation). Contact us to schedule a consultation.
A Viable Choice for Efficiency and Cost Savings
Mediation is a viable method of resolving a divorce and other family law disputes, such as child custody and support, out of court, with both parties present and participating. Resolution can often be reached in one or two sessions. All in all, mediation is typically much less expensive than proceeding with open-ended negotiations or a divorce contested in court.
You may have only a few issues to resolve and believe that you can do so with a legal professional acting as a neutral, objective third party. Rachel Rolfs can serve as mediator, meeting with you and your opposing party and your attorneys to assist with the resolution of your issue from division of property to dissolution of a domestic partnership. If requested, any agreements reached can be completed on the required court forms, to make finalization with the court a smooth process.
The charges for mediation are $200 per hour ($75 per hour per party), with a $400 non-refundable deposit payable at the time of scheduling (that deposit covers the first two hours). The actual cost will be determined by the amount of time spent during the mediation (usually three to six hours), and the remaining amount will be due and payable at the end of the session.
For most family law actions in Washington, the court requires the parties to participate in a settlement conference (mediation) prior to going to trial. To learn more about state requirements, mediation FAQs and how our office can be of assistance in your family law matter, please contact our firm to schedule a consultation.