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National Military Appreciation Month started as a simple idea: to rally America around its military family to recognize and appreciate those who have served and those now serving and to know the history behind it all. Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure that the nation was given the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members — past and present.
Check out this article on Military Times regarding other discounts available to service members and their families during the month of May.
Mediation is a settlement process where parties to a conflict, and their legal advisors, sit down with a neutral facilitator (the “mediator”), to resolve their conflict in a way that is mutually beneficial.
Why should you mediate?
Most judges work very hard to find the best solutions for families, but they are limited by the amount of time they have and by some of the rules they have to follow. This means that they often look at Indiana “guidelines” in making their decisions. However, In mediation, parties are able to be more creative, to spend as much time as they’d like exploring possible solutions, and to create a plan that is unique for their family. If parties are able to work through their differences, they will always create a better solution for their family than a judge can.
How does mediation work?
Mediation typically occurs in a combination of group sessions and caucuses. In a group session, all parties to the conflict, their lawyers, and any essential third parties, meet together in the same room. Caucuses are meetings that occur between the mediator and only one party and/or their lawyers. Intake sessions always occur in caucuses, but the other stages of mediation may also occur in this format, with the parties located in separate rooms and the mediator moving between the rooms.
What Should I Do To Prepare for Mediation?
1. If this is a family matter, complete the exercises on www.uptoparents.org
2. Create a list of things you want to resolve in mediation.
3. Create a list of goals or outcomes that you would like to see in mediation, and think through the importance or priority of each of these.
4. Consolidate all documents or other materials that you will want to refer to in the mediation process and have them ready to bring with you to mediation.
5. If you are working with a counselor or therapist, discuss the mediation process with them before the mediation session. If you have a pastor or spiritual advisor, you may also want to discuss this process with them so that you will be in best place mentally and emotionally to work through your disagreements.
6. If you are represented by a lawyer, you should meet with your lawyer before mediation so that he/she will know how best to represent you during the mediation session.
We are fiercely committed to helping clients with family-related issues who are in need of legal advice. We understand how complicated and emotional these matters can be, and we work to guide you through the process with empathy and compassion.
For all new family law clients, we offer a free phone consultation. We want to know your story – this allows us to determine how we can be of service to you and gives us an opportunity to explain what costs and fees will be involved. We take the time to explain how the divorce process works in Indiana, and answer questions about your particular situation.
We represent clients in both divorce and legal separation, and have extensive experience with dividing assets and debts, spousal maintenance, custody, child support, and parenting time schedules. Call our office at (317) 943-3980 to talk to one of our attorneys today and find out how we can help you.
We also offer family law and divorce mediation. Click here to learn more about how mediation can save you time and money.
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