Mediation of Divorce Disputes — Is This the Solution?
By Janet Flaccus · October 8, 2009 · 2009 Ark. L. Notes
In categories: Family Law
The concern about litigating child issues in a divorce action has been around for many years. The concern has led some to suggest and organize mediation programs. Many of these efforts were at the local level rather than state-wide action. Many of these mediation programs are limited to child issues. The majority only take child custody and visitation disputes. Slowly child support and property division issues are being added. The prevalence of the availability of mediation is really a product of the 1990’s. In Florida, the number of mediated cases went from 34,000 in 1989 to 50,000 in 1991. Former Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote in 1982 “[t]he notion that ordinary people want black-robed judges, well-dressed lawyers, and ﬁne courtrooms as settings to resolve their disputes is not correct. People with problems, like people with pains, want relief and they want it as quickly and inexpensively as possible.”