Platte City Divorce Mediation Attorney
People without a legal background often assume all divorce or paternity cases are battled out in court. But a trial is not necessary in all or even most cases. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that can spare divorcing parties the stress and expense of a trial.
I am attorney Christopher T. Patterson. In addition to being a Missouri family law attorney, I am also a trained mediator. I mediate for people in family law courts in Platte County, Clay County, Buchanan County, Clinton County, Ray County, Caldwell County, Carroll County, Livingston County, Grundy County, Daviess County, DeKalb County, Andrew County, Holt County, and Gentry County. Every component of a divorce or paternity matter can be negotiated through mediation, which is the process of a third party acting as a neutral guide to help two sides reach a resolution to a legal challenge they face, including:
A mediator does not get rid of the necessity of an attorney to represent you through the divorce process, but he can narrow the issues you and your spouse disagree over. You can tailor mediation to meet your needs and mediate just one part of your divorce or all of it.
My 40 years of experience as a divorce attorney and a court-appointed guardian ad litem give me the creative tools to help you reach an agreement that works for both you and your spouse.
What If I Don’t Get Along With My Soon-To-Be Ex?
Mediation works for couples who want to part on amicable terms and it works for people with strained relationships. Going to court to get back at your ex or battle over children is not in your best interest. A judge hands down a decision. Mediation fosters solutions. Agreeing on a parenting plan is a durable solution in the best interest of you and your child.
I am lawyer Christopher T. Patterson, and I have more than 40 years of broad-based legal experience that equips me to help you handle a range of legal challenges. Whether you are facing divorce or a criminal charge, I can help. From my office in Platte City, I serve clients across the Northland communities of Missouri.
Respected Family Law Advocate
A large portion of my practice is devoted to guiding clients in finding solutions to their family law challenges. I can offer the knowledge and support you need to resolve your family law issue, including:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Property division
- Alimony or spousal support
- Modifying a parenting plan or support agreement
I consider myself to be a collaborative attorney. Accordingly, I am also a trained family law mediator. However, I am a skilled litigator and more than ready to take a case to trial, if necessary. Above all else, my primary goal is to help you, and I can happily counsel you as to divorce alternatives.
The bottom line is that mediation or a collaborative divorce is about saving you money and time while avoiding the stress of a trial. I am more than happy to neutrally guide two sides facing a family law challenge through the mediation process. For more information, please call Patterson Law Office LLC at 816-471-7722 or contact me online.