Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that is designed to help people settle legal disputes outside of the courtroom. The courts in Benton, Franklin, Yakima and Walla Walla counties require all parties in most domestic relations cases to go to mediation. In a mediation, a neutral third party called a mediator works with the parties and their attorneys to resolve issues about their cases that are in dispute. A mediator typically is a trained professional with a strong background in divorce law and may be a retired judge or an attorney.

Even if your divorce is in a county that requires mediation in your divorce or family law case, it is possible to have the requirement waived. One party can file a request with the court to waive mediation, and the court will issue an order waiving the mediation requirement, if appropriate. One of the most common instances in which mediation may be inappropriate is when there is a history of domestic violence during the marriage and there is a safety concern with both parties meeting at the same location.

Resolving the issues involved in your divorce that both parties agree on is never easy, especially if you and your ex are involved in disputes over your child. During times like these, it is hard to make the decisions that are truly best for you and your family, particularly when it comes to an important issue like parenting your children. The outcome of your divorce case significantly affects your child’s life, as well as your own, and may do so for years to come. Mediation is one way that parties to a divorce can work out their differences and attempt to resolve issues related to their divorce. It is in these kinds of cases that a Washington divorce lawyer can be most useful to you and truly make a difference in the outcome of your case. Visit our website at and click on the “Contact Us” button and fill out the online form today. If you contact us online, one of our staff members will get back to you right away.