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The Law Offices of Sherri M Anderson
Complex Financial & Parenting Representation
The firm's practice includes assisting clients in mediating their dissolution settlements. Most family law cases benefit from mediation at an appropriate point in the legal process - and most clients vastly prefer a mediated settlement to a court resolution. The timing of mediation varies from case to case, as mediation is only useful if both parties have the information necessary to settle their case. For example, valuations of assets or input from a parenting expert may first be needed.
Ms. Anderson works with clients on parenting and financial issues in a variety of mediation settings and can recommend skilled local mediators knowledgeable about the issues in dispute. Effective mediation requires preparation in advance of the first meeting with the mediator. Our firm can assist with mediation strategy and preparation.
Clients may choose to mediate without counsel present and to then consult with counsel between multiple mediation sessions. In this process, Ms. Anderson can assist the client with presenting information to the mediator, evaluating the proposals discussed in mediation and exploring ways to move the discussion forward if there is an impasse. In many cases, the issues and dynamics are such that Ms. Anderson attends a full day mediation with the client and takes the lead in negotiating the settlement.
Enforceable agreements must be in writing and, in some cases, in formats required by the Court. We assist clients in drafting both settlement proposals and settlement agreements, as well as the court documents required for their cases. We can also assist with documentation required for implementation of the settlement, such as quit claim deeds for real property.