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Mediation

In the context of divorce, mediation is an attempt to bring about a settlement between parties through the intervention of a neutral professional, often a counselor or a lawyer. In Virginia, the mediator typically informs each of the parties that he or she should have a lawyer to make sure that any proposed settlement is appropriate and comprehensive. Mediation can be appropriate and result in a significant cost savings in many cases involving custody, visitation, support and equitable distribution (asset and debt division), and can be done with or without one’s own lawyer being present at the time of negotiation.

We have employed a fair, cost-effective and successful method to use mediation to end disputes. Discovery is conducted as to the incomes, assets and debts of the parties, instead of being left to the voluntary disclosures of one’s spouse. Discovery can be done formally (through court process) or informally (outside of court), depending on the risks and the client’s preferences. The purpose of discovery is for the lawyers and the parties to have the same knowledge level of all the assets, debts, and income. A retired judge, or other qualified attorney is selected as a mediator. In many cases, a comprehensive agreement is drafted and signed on the day of the mediation.

The attorneys at ROOP XANTTOPOULOS BABOUNAKIS will bring their experience, empathy and talent to work for the best interests of you and your family. If you would like to request an appointment, please contact our family law firm by calling 703.442.0040, or by sending us an email.

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