Even if you have a dispute that goes to a small claims court, though it's not as serious as going to Superior Court, it still is a court case in front of a judge. These can be long, arduous, frustrating and expensive. Instead of going this route, why not first try to solve your dispute in mediation?
In mediation, you will meet in a neutral area and discuss the disagreement with a mediator present. The mediator is a specially trained person who will help to resolve your issues and guide the two sides to a fair agreement. With this option you will not have to going infront of a judge and the mediator will not force your to a decision nor make any choices for you.
Essentially, you and the other person will come to an agreement yourselves with the help of a neutral person who can suggest options and help each party to see the other person's side of the situation. Unlike in court, where the judge will make the final decision for you in your case, during mediation everyone will work together to find a solution.
If you are unable to come to an agreement in mediation, you can still opt to go to court and have a judge decide on the outcome of your case, but there is nothing to lose in choosing to go to mediation first.
If you are considering hiring a mediation attorney, but are not sure if you can afford one, contact us and set up an appointment with our mediation lawyers, so they may review your case. Call at (714) 665-6600 to schedule your free 1-hour in office consultation with a divorce lawyer