Family mediation is one part of the alternative dispute resolution family and an important focus of our family law attorneys at The Law Office of Laurence J. Brock. When you’re dealing with a divorce, a child custody dispute, or another family law issue, mediation can help you reduce your time in court and settle things quickly.
Knowing what to expect before heading into family mediation is vital. The Rancho Cucamonga attorneys in our office will aid you in navigating the mediation for your divorce, as well as any questions you may have.
Family mediation is a process in which an independent person who is professionally trained in mediation aids families in settling family law disputes, including child custody. If the couple can settle on a plan, a mediator can help them write a plan that will become official once signed by a judge.
Child custody-specific mediation is made up of three main goals:
Family mediation is required by California state law in all custody and visitation disputes.
Other family law disputes may include visitation rights, alimony payment, child support, and division of assets during a divorce. Talk to your lawyer if you’re facing any of these concerns and would like to settle amicably where possible.
You should expect your session to last for a few hours, as this can be a complex process. Only the spouses are allowed to be in the mediation session, but you may have contact with one of our family law attorneys.
Both parties will meet separately with the mediator before meeting together. You should plan alternate arrangements for your children ahead of the set date of your mediation.
During the mediation session, the mediator will speak with each party in turn, presenting information or offers during the mediation. Your lawyer can represent you during these discussions and ensure the agreement meets your needs.
If domestic abuse is a concern in your child custody case, you will be legally allowed to meet with the mediator separately from your partner. You will need to call ahead to the mediation office before the date of your expected mediation. The office should put you in a separate waiting room.
If you are protected by way of a restraining order, you are allowed to bring a support person. Mediation is required when the judge has granted you a restraining order and you have requested custody or visitation in the order.
Our team of family lawyers will advise you on how to take action and protect your best interests when it comes to domestic abuse situations and family mediation sessions.
Family mediation can be a complex process. Luckily, with our team of attorneys at The Law Office of Laurence J. Brock, you won’t have to go into this alone. Our team will answer all of your questions so you go into your mediation informed and ready to make a decision.
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