The Law Office of Kari Hayles-Davenport

Proactive, personal and solution focused representation to protect the rights of your family.

At the Law Office of Kari Hayles-Davenport we understand and appreciate that all legal issues involving family are difficult and emotionally trying for everyone involved.  It is our goal to help each client successfully navigate through the process by providing assistance and legal advice along the way. 

Mediation and Guardian Ad Litems

If the parties are unable to reach an agreement on their own to resolve their disputes, the court can order certain services geared toward assisting the parties in settling their matter or providing the court with more information.

Mediation is a process where the parties meet with a neutral third party in an attempt to resolve their dispute on their own. Mediation is encouraged and generally required by the courts. Mediation generally offers the parties the opportunity to resolve their dispute with an agreement that best suits the parties’ circumstances with substantially less cost than litigation. A list of approved mediators for Benton and Franklin Counties can be found here.

If the parties cannot reach an agreement on how to share their children a guardian ad litem (or GAL) will be appointed by the court to represent the best interests of the parties’ child or children. A guardian ad litem is a neutral party who has undergone special training to qualify them for their assignments by the court. Guardian ad litems investigate allegations, meet with the parties and children and ultimately make recommendations to the court as to what parenting plan is in the best interests of the children. A list of court approved guardian ad litems for Benton and Franklin Counties can be found here.

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Whether you decide to resolve your situation through negotiated agreements or in the courts,we will support you through these difficult decisions and advocate for you.

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