If you are considering a divorce it is important to evaluate all potential alternatives. Mediation instead of divorce proceedings is a popular alternative to the typical divorce proceedings. The mediation sessions provide a more comfortable environment for the parties to attempt to reach a resolution. It is important that both parties voluntarily agree to attend the mediation session. Mediation may be a less costly alternative for the parties. These sessions could be a first step on the road to reaching an agreement and resolving divorce related conflicts with the opposing party.
Mediators are neutral third parties who will assist you in reaching an amicable agreement. The mediator should not be someone that you or the other party know, as this may pose a conflict of interest. If the mediator knows any of the parties this could interfere with the fair and equal conflict resolution process. If at anytime the parties feel that they are not being treated equally this could cause the entire process to fail.The mediation process involves all parties attending a meeting which will be led by the mediator. The mediator will ensure the flow of dialogue between the parties. Before the mediation session begins the mediator will discuss the rules that must be followed in order for the mediation process to be a success. It is important that the parties clarify the mediation rules before proceeding. The mediators role is to ensure that both parties are being heard and are being treated fairly.
For further clarification or information regarding mediation please contact a Family Law Attorney. Call Yanez & Associates at 714-971-8000 to schedule your free consultation today!