A kinder approach to resolving your disagreements and securing your rights

Mediation works as a facilitated negotiation process aimed at resolving disputes amicably. In family law, parties voluntarily participate in mediation to address issues like divorce, child custody, or spousal support. We guide discussions, help identify common ground, and facilitate communication. Both parties have the opportunity to express their concerns and preferences.

How Mediation Works in Fort Mill

You and your family are the only people who should determine how to manage family issues. As certified mediators in alternative dispute resolution, we offer empathetic, certified mediation and arbitration services that give you a chance to avoid the stresses of court proceedings.  As a mediator, we don’t make decisions for you; we are impartial professionals who leverage our training and experience to help you resolve a dispute, but you control the decisions you make. Once an agreement is reached, it is documented and must be submitted to court for approval.

Why Use a Mediator in Fort Mill

At Harden Law Firm, we facilitate discussions, help identify common ground, and will guide you toward an effective resolution. This alternative dispute resolution method often proves more cost-effective and less adversarial than going to court, fostering a cooperative approach to addressing family matters. With Harden Law at your side, you can be confident that you have unparalleled representation and support.

Helping parties reach mutually agreeable resolutions outside of a formal court setting. In South Carolina, mediation is a viable option for:

Divorce and Separation Agreements

Mediation can address the terms of divorce, including property division, alimony, and other financial matters.

Child Custody and Visitation

Mediation allows parents to discuss and agree on child custody arrangements, visitation schedules, and parenting plans.

Child Support

Mediation can be utilized to determine child support amounts and related financial obligations.

Spousal Support (Alimony)

Couples can mediate issues related to spousal support, including the duration and amount of payments.

Property Division

Mediation is effective in resolving disputes over the division of marital assets and debts.

Post-Divorce Modifications

If circumstances change, such as income or living arrangements, parties can mediate modifications to existing court orders.

Parenting Plan Modifications

Changes in circumstances may warrant modifications to parenting plans, and mediation can facilitate these discussions.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Couples can mediate the terms of prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, clarifying financial arrangements and asset division.


What is mediation?

Mediation is a flexible and collaborative approach to dispute resolution, offering parties the opportunity to actively participate in decision-making. While not all family law issues may be suitable for mediation, many couples find it a constructive way to address their concerns and work towards agreements that suit their unique circumstances.

In mediation, the participants typically include the disputing parties and a neutral third-party mediator. The disputing parties may involve individuals directly affected by the issues at hand, such as divorcing spouses, separated parents, or business partners. The mediator is a trained professional who facilitates the discussion, guiding the participants toward finding mutually agreeable solutions. In family law mediation, attorneys may also be present to provide legal advice to their clients. The collaborative nature of mediation allows for open communication and active involvement of the parties in resolving disputes, fostering a more cooperative and personalized approach to conflict resolution.

Yes, in South Carolina, an attorney can also serve as a mediator, in fact, this is something we do at Harden Law.  We have specialized training in mediation and can act as neutral third parties to facilitate discussions and help parties reach agreements. When serving as a mediator, an attorney does not represent either party’s individual interests but works to guide the participants toward mutually acceptable resolutions. This dual role is known as attorney-mediator, and it can offer the advantage of combining legal expertise with mediation skills. However, it’s important to clarify the role with the attorney-mediator and ensure that all parties understand the nature of the mediation process and the neutrality expected from the mediator.

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