Many counties in South Carolina now have a mandatory mediation requirement in Family Court. All contested cases are subject to mediation before a final hearing can be scheduled. Mediation is an informal process in which a third-party mediator facilitates settlement discussion between parties. Any settlement is voluntary. In the absence of settlement, the parties lose none of their rights to trial in Family Court. Mediation conferences are private and all communications made there are confidential. Other persons, including attorneys, may attend only with the permission of both parties and the mediator.
Mediation can be completed before your Family Court case is filed. Mediation is a less expensive alternative to litigation. If you would like to mediate your case before it goes to Court, this is something you and the other party can agree on. Please call the office for scheduling and to make arrangement for payment. The initial mediation conference is $500.