Mediation is where a “mediator” – who may be a retired judge, lawyer, psychologist, or other professional mediator – meets with the parties in order to help them reach a mutual agreement regarding the outcome of the case. The mediator is a neutral third party. The goal of mediation is for the parties to reach an agreement which is satisfactory to them. Mediation can last one session or can go on for many sessions in a complicated matter. If there is a factual dispute the parties cannot resolve without outside expertise, they can agree to hire a neutral expert to make a determination, such as a business valuation, in order to facilitate settlement. A skilled mediator can help parties negotiate innovative and satisfactory results. Mediation can be accomplished without the parties directly speaking to each other with all contact done by the mediator if necessary. If an agreement is reached in mediation, it can become a court order or be confidential at the agreement of the parties.
Some mediators will also help prepare the court documents for the parties also. Mediation is often more cost effective than litigation. Debra is available to prepare your documents in mediation matters.
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Alternate Dispute Resolution Methods. The Civil Lawyer, Carmel Valley Magazine.
Divorce Mediation Guidelines.
Divorce Flow Chart.
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