Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party meets with individuals and couples who are involved with the Family Court system. The purpose of mediation is to facilitate a solution-focused conversation between parties who are involved in a dispute.
Family Court Mediation is often a good choice for couples who are going through a divorce. By utilizing a mediator, couples typically find it easier to reach agreement on the many decisions that have to be made after they decide to separate and obtain a divorce. Child support, alimony, property division, debt payments….these are just a few of the many topics that are subject to mediation. Instead of communicating through attorneys, many couples choose to work with a seasoned mediator in order to work through these tough times.
Many counties in the state of South Carolina (including York County) are mandated mediation counties. This means that, before couples can obtain a court hearing related to their Family Court proceedings (divorce, child support, alimony, etc.) they must work with a mediator in hopes of resolving their issues without needing a Judge to decide their conflicts for them. Every state in South Carolina also allows for couples to represent themselves in court rather than obtaining, and paying for, attorneys to represent them. These pro se Family Court proceedings are still subject to mediation, meaning a court date will not be granted without the couples having first gone through a mediator. Many couples find that they have more control over the outcome of their divorce proceedings if they invest in working with a mediator early in the process.
Renda Kay Faulkenberry is a Certified Family Court Mediator with nearly 10 years of experience in working with couples who are navigating the legal system in various stages of the divorce process. This knowledge, coupled with her experience as a licensed therapist, gives her a unique and refreshing perspective on the struggles that couples often face as they go through a divorce.
If you are interested in obtaining more information about mediation, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Kay at (803) 389-6222.
If you have an appointment for mediation, please print out, complete, and bring this Mediation Intake Form to your first appointment.