What We Do

Mediation

If you need a Certified Family Court mediator in Charleston or anywhere in South Carolina, The Bleecker Law Firm is a wise choice. Since 1997, Anne Frances Bleecker has been the choice of many satisfied parties who chose to use a mediator to help settle their family law issues, from prenuptial matters to post-judgment modifications. Ms. Bleecker knows South Carolina family law.  Moreover, she has the wisdom, sensitivity, and passion necessary to conduct a professional mediation session that is fair to all parties.  Ms. Bleecker is available to mediate your family law case anywhere in South Carolina.

Arbitration

The use of arbitration as a means to settle Family Court matters is on the rise. An arbitrator is a neutral third party whom the parties select to make a decision in their case.  Anne Frances Bleecker is a certified arbitrator who knows South Carolina law.  With decades of experience in the Family Court as a litigator, mediator, and arbitrator she knows the importance of giving the parties a full and fair hearing and issuing a timely opinion.  Ms. Bleecker is available to arbitrate a case anywhere in South Carolina.

“You are a great mediator. Frank “Allen”, Cassie and I were impressed with the influence you managed with a most impossible situation. Michael was not going to be reasonable regardless of how well the matter was handled. Thank you for working with us. We don’t believe anyone could have done better.”
Wendy

The Law

Mediation

Mediation is a confidential and effective negotiation session during which a neutral third party is employed to help the parties reach an agreement. The mediator will review materials provided by the parties and listen carefully to each party’s position.  The mediator assists the parties in reaching a settlement.  A mediator is not a judge and will not issue an opinion.  Mediation is not binding and, therefore, parties are free to come to an agreement on one or all of their issues. In most South Carolina family courts parties must attend mediation before the court will schedule a contested trial.  Mediation is mandatory because it works.  Typically, the parties are in separate rooms and the mediator shuttles back and forth. Because the process is confidential and non-binding, parties are able to put their best efforts forward in trying to settle their case.

Arbitration

Arbitration, unlike mediation, is binding on the parties. A Family Court arbitrator should be a lawyer who has an extensive background in the Family Court.  The arbitrator must be neutral.  An arbitrator may hold a formal evidentiary hearing, review all documents presented, take testimony from witnesses, or follow other procedures agreed upon by the parties and their attorneys.  Once all of the information has been presented to the arbitrator, the arbitrator will issue an opinion that will be binding on the parties.  The opinion comes in the form of an Arbitration Award that will be filed with the Family Court to become an enforceable Family Court order.