I’m attorney Keith Spencer, a Board Certified Family Law Attorney with Bailey & Galyen. I have been a trial lawyer for over 30 years and I have learned that most disputes are better solved outside the courthouse. Today most cases are solved through mediation and settlement and that happens for a number of reasons.
First of all no-one knows the facts of their case better than the parties involved. No matter how talented your attorney is, or how smart the judge is, they will never have the depth of understanding of the case as the client.
Mediation is also a LOT cheaper and less time consuming than having a trial. That is especially true these days when the pandemic has caused massive delays in court settings.
Finally mediation gives the parties much greater flexibility in crafting settlement terms that better address liquidity, cash flow, tax considerations, and children’s scheduling than the court is able to provide. Indeed, most courts today require the parties to attend mediation before they will set the case for a trial before the court.
The fact is, most cases do settle. Smart litigants will try to settle their case with mediation before spending huge sums of money on trials. Mediation and other dispute resolution methods save money and generally provide better relief than litigation. At Bailey & Galyen, we offer free consultations. Give us a call. We may be able to obtain relief you want without the expense and risk of trial.