What is mediation?
Divorce mediation is a process in which your mediator acts as a neutral third party in order to help you reach a settlement of your legal issues. The role of divorce mediators is to guide your discussion, help you explore settlement alternatives, and resolve difficult conflicts.
How does the process work?
Together, you and your spouse meet with a divorce mediator for private mediation sessions. You will exchange necessary information and ideas about various ways to settle your differences. The family law mediator will inform you of the law as it pertains to your situation, including property division and the calculation of child and spousal support. This process allows you and your spouse to make decisions together, rather than having attorneys arguing your case in court before a judge.
What are the advantages of mediation?
- Mediation allows the parties to obtain legal information from a neutral, non-adversarial attorney.
- It is typically less expensive than traditional litigation, making it economically feasible for most couples.
- Mediation reduces the fears associated with divorce or legal separation.
- It does not require any court appearances.
- Mediation avoids the polarization and hostility that often result from court proceedings.
- Parties are directly involved in the decision making process.
- Mediation allows the parties to move at a mutually agreeable pace, usually taking a fraction of the time compared to court proceedings.
- It establishes a level of communication and cooperation between the parties that is certain to pay dividends long into the future.
- Mediation assists parties with children in transitioning from marital partners to parenting partners.
- It allows for the development of a parenting plan in everyone’s best interest, especially the children.
- Is the mediator my attorney?
A family law mediator is a licensed California attorney; however, in the role of mediator, he or she is not acting as an attorney for either party, nor is he or she acting as an attorney for both of you. Instead, it is the mediator’s role to provide each party, in the presence of the other, with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding legal issues and Sacramento divorce mediation services and Process.
Do I need an attorney?
We will prepare all the court documents you will need, including but not limited to: Petition, Summons, Settlement Agreement, Qualified Domestic Relations Order, and Stipulated Court Order. You will be encouraged to seek an independent attorney for consultation, advice, or further information if there are complex issues, such as tax considerations, valuation problems, conflict impasse, or for a review of legal agreements.
What is it going to cost?
Family law divorce mediation fees are charged at the mediator’s hourly rate. Legal documents are charged on a flat fee basis. Unlike paying a retainer to an attorney, mediation fees are charged as services are used. Contact our office to schedule an initial consultation at a reduced fee to find out if mediation is right for you.
Family Law Center mediator-attorneys work with parents in child custody mediation throughout California including, but not limited to: Sacramento, Antelope, Auburn, Cameron Park, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Davis, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Placerville, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Roseville, West Sacramento, Woodland and the counties of Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo and more.
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