Number one, cost. It is extremely expensive to litigate in these times. Our system is set up for lawyers – not for people. We have to spend a lot of time waiting that the client is paying for. In mediation, you are involved; you are active and you are trying to get your case settled in the most efficient manner with the least amount of pain. You need to be able to work on compromise, which will be a skill you’ll need in the future if you have children.
With 30 years of experience in family law, Laura M. Urbik Kern is a certified mediator and family lawyer who concentrates on dissolution, family and juvenile law, child support, and complex domestic relations cases.