Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-person proceedings in South Carolina Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity courts are suspended. Fortunately, you have alternative ways of approaching family law matters. Click on these links to learn more about our arbitration services, and collaborative divorce. All of these can be handled here in the offices of Morton & Gettys.
In keeping with the City of Rock Hill’s ordinance, we require face masks for clients visiting our offices. We will provide them to anyone who does not have one. We also will continue virtual consultations when at all possible.
And in all our practice areas, Morton & Gettys has the capability to meet and conduct business remotely, using such tools as videoconferencing and teleconferencing.
Family law issues are more than legal concerns. They are highly personal matters that can be challenging and stressful.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution conducted in a private, voluntary and confidential manner. It is a sensible approach for resolving traumatic changes within the family setting, such as a separation, divorce, child custody matters, child support, spousal support and division of property and debts.
In York County, mediation with a certified family court mediator is required for parties in all family and civil law cases before a trial may be scheduled. Our Certified Family Law Mediator helps steer clients toward their own solutions and resolutions.
Meetings take place in a private, comforting office setting with technological advances that help us navigate the issues visually to gain understanding and reach consensus. We work to find a peaceful means of addressing your specific concerns, while saving you the stress and money associated with a trial.
Family Law Mediation Q&A
- The mediator is neutral and will not take sides.
- The outcome of a case is determined by the parties involved rather than by a judge.
- Mediation is less time-consuming and less expensive than litigation.
- The mediation process is private and confidential.
- Mediation can improve communication and create an effective working relationship between parties.
- Mediation can reduce conflict and stress.
- With a full agreement on all issues
- With a partial agreement
- With no agreement
- With a decision to continue mediating at another session
If an agreement is reached, the mediator may prepare a memorandum of understanding outlining the terms. The parties’ attorneys or the mediator will use this outline to create a more formal agreement, which is submitted to the Family Court for approval.
Morton & Gettys provides the following online resources as a convenience to clients and the community. The law firm does not control the content found on these sites, and information or advice provided by these websites should be reviewed carefully with an attorney before making decisions regarding a legal matter.
- View videos that show various styles of mediation (Source: American Bar Association, Center for Representation in Dispute Resolution)
- Find out more about dispute resolution and attorney participation (Source: American Bar Association)
- Read issues of Dispute Resolution Magazine (Source: American Bar Association, Center for Representation in Dispute Resolution)
- Read issues of Just Resolutions E-News (Source: American Bar Association, Center for Representation in Dispute Resolution)
- Learn about mediation and the dispute resolution process continuum (Source: American Arbitration Association)