Family Law Issues that can be Mediated

• Custody
• Parenting schedules
• Parenting Plan provisions
• Grandparent/Third Party rights
• Child support
• Spousal support
• Property division

Why Tibbs Law Office Believes in Mediation

Tibbs Law Office is proud to offer private mediation services for your family law matters. Trained in mediation by the Supreme Court of Ohio, Tibbs Law Office understands the value of a mediated agreement. All too often, parties believe that going to Court is the only way to get the outcome they want. While sometimes true, the litigation process often leaves parties feeling frustrated, fatigued, and without control over the outcome of their case. Because of the personal nature of family law cases, we believe that parents, not judges, should decide matters that will affect what is most important to you, when possible. In our experience, parties who reach their own agreement, compared to having a judge decide their family’s fate, are happier with the outcome. The mediation process allows parties to reach unique agreements that are often outside the scope of what a Court may typically order. This ultimately means that you can create a parenting plan that takes into account your family’s specific needs, values, and traditions.

The Mediation Process

In order to initiate the mediation process, one party or their attorney will typically contact the mediator by phone or email. The mediator will then speak with the other party to confirm they are also interested in mediating. Next, the mediator will send each party intake documentation, which will be used to ensure that mediation is a good fit for your specific case. Some issues that a mediator will look for include domestic violence, substance abuse, or capacity to mediate. Once the mediator determines that a case is a good candidate for mediation, and that both parties are willing to engage in mediation, a joint meeting will be scheduled, and the mediation process will begin. Mediation may consist of one or several sessions. If an agreement is reached on any or all issues, the mediator will prepare a Mediation Agreement. This Mediation Agreement can then be used to enter into a binding, legal agreement.