Certified Family Court Mediator
Mr. Forman’s hourly rate for court-appointed mediation is $175.00. For all other mediations, his hourly rate is $250.00. For co-mediation with his wife, Karen Klickstein-Forman, who is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Mediator, the rate is $250.00 per hour on. Saturdays (four hour minimum) and $300.00 per hour on weekdays. Ms. Forman’s rate for solo mediation is $100.00 per hour. Both Mr. Forman and Ms. Klickstein-Forman have undertaken Advanced Family Law Mediation training. To contact Ms. Forman directly you may email her or call her at (843) 224-8010.
Family Court mediation can be an excellent method of resolving family law disputes. Most people consider their children and their marriage to be of utmost importance, providing structure and meaning to their lives. Litigation means losing control of decisions regarding marriage and children, which is frightening. Rather than engaging in adversarial litigation and ultimately letting a judge decide issues of child custody, child and spousal support, and property division, parties can use mediation to reach agreements on these significant and emotional issues.
Mediation not only allows the spouses and parents to control the ultimate resolution of their disputes but also enables them to control the process by which these resolutions are reached. Because the parties control the process, their views and concerns are heard and acknowledged. Rather than operating in an atmosphere of fear and threat, mediation allows parties to resolve disputes through cooperation and mutual understanding. Mediation helps the parties to reach resolutions that they may not have considered in litigation but which leave both of them better off. It also enables the parties to move forward in an spirit of cooperation. Often agreements reached through litigation are causes of endless friction because one or both parties feels that the agreement was imposed upon them. In mediation, both parties “own their agreement,” greatly reducing the likelihood and amount of future problems. Finally, a successful mediation can result in a quicker resolution of disputes (because parties do not have to wait for limited court docket time to have their case tried) at a lower cost (because they avoid the substantial costs of contested litigation).
Mediation can be undertaken with or without attorneys, at any step in the litigation process, and can be used to resolve temporary or permanent issues. Often spouses use mediation when they decide to separate to resolve the immediate concerns surrounding the separation. Mediation can also be used to resolve permanent disputes over child custody, support, alimony, and property division or when modification of child custody, support or alimony is at issue. Mediation can be attempted before a lawsuit is filed, before the first temporary hearing, or at any time prior to trial.
Mr. Forman has years of experience in family law mediation, representing numerous parents and spouses in the mediation process. In 2009 he undertook a formal 40-hour program in Family Law Mediation Training offered by the South Carolina Bar and is certified as a Family Court Mediator with the State of South Carolina. In 2012, Mr. Forman joined the Board of Directors of the Mediation and Meeting Center of Charleston. That year he also attended Advanced Family Law Mediation training.
If you are interested in having him mediate your family law dispute, please contact this office. Let Mr. Forman put his experience to work for you in helping you resolve your most important domestic issues. If you wish for Mr. Forman to act as a mediator, or represent you as your attorney in a mediation, you are welcome to click here to email his office.
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Mr. Forman’s current mediation agreement can be downloaded here.