The Benefits of Mediation in Guardianship Disputes

Guardianship Decatur GA

One of the most difficult phases of life occurs when our parents can no longer fully care for themselves. The circle of life reverses roles, placing the children in the place of caregiver. For adult children, the decisions that must be made concerning their elderly parents are difficult. Children want to make sure their aged parents are well provided for, and that their needs are being met. If one or more adult children become concerned with the behavior of the guardian, guardianship disputes can occur. Mediation can often be successful in determining the best course of action.

Mediation Can Ease Worry

Mediation takes place in a neutral setting, and gives all parties involved a chance to discuss their concerns. The goal of the mediator is to facilitate an open and honest dialogue between the parties. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss differences in a quiet room, removed from the public courthouse. Mediation can help opposing parties to see the situation from a different perspective, which may aid in coming to an agreement much easier.

Situations Where Mediation Can Help

If you are concerned that your elderly parent’s needs are not being met, mediation can help gain a better understanding of the whole picture. You may discover that a simple lack of communication is the cause for concern. Mediation can offer a path to resolution without the need for further litigation. It can give all parties the chance to develop a clear plan, and also discuss the best ways to implement the plan.

Mediation is an excellent tool to use, but there are times when all mediation efforts fail. If the guardian consistently fails to perform his or her duties to the best of their ability, it may be necessary to petition the court to appoint a new guardian. If you find yourself in this position, contact Turner Law to discuss your case. Our team will advise you in making the best decisions for your elderly parent.

Posted on the behalf of Turner Law, LLC