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Do I Have to Attend Mediation in an Alabama Divorce Case?

Posted by Sam P. Dixon, III | Apr 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

In Alabama, mediation is often required in divorce cases when there are disputes over issues such as child custody, visitation, and property division. However, whether mediation is mandatory depends on the county where the divorce is filed and the specific circumstances of the case.

Many counties in Alabama have local rules or court orders that require mediation before certain issues can be resolved through litigation. The purpose of mediation is to encourage the parties to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with the assistance of a neutral mediator. Mediation can help reduce the time and cost of resolving disputes in court and can often lead to more satisfactory outcomes for both parties.

If mediation is required in your divorce case, you will typically be notified by the court or your attorney. You will then need to attend the scheduled mediation sessions and make a good faith effort to participate in the process. However, if you have concerns about attending mediation or believe it may not be appropriate for your situation, you should discuss your options with your attorney.

In some cases, mediation may not be required or may be waived by the court if both parties agree or if there are extenuating circumstances. Additionally, if mediation is unsuccessful in resolving the disputes, the case may proceed to trial for a judge to make a final decision.

Overall, whether mediation is mandatory in your Alabama divorce case will depend on the specific rules and procedures of the county where your case is being heard and the issues involved. It's essential to consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can provide guidance tailored to your circumstances.

At Dixon Law, LLC, divorce lawyer Sam P. Dixon III in Birmingham, Alabama helps clients understand what's at stake. We know that informed clients make better decisions for themselves and their families. If you want specific answers that relate to your unique situation, contact us online or at (205) 616-8896 to schedule a Free Consultation.

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Sam P. Dixon, III

Mr. Sam P. Dixon, III was born in Mobile, Alabama. The great-grandson of the Alabama Governor, Frank Dixon, Sam has come from a long family history of politics and the legal profession. Mr. Dixon always admired and respected the legal profession and aspired to help people obtain justice and fairn...


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