Mediation Attorney Serving Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Westwood, West Los Angeles, and all of Los Angeles County
Mediation is an increasingly popular alternative dispute resolution process where two parties work with a neutral mediator who helps facilitate negotiations. It can significantly cut legal costs when compared to contested hearings, and the parties are usually more satisfied with the outcome since they helped determine it and didn’t undergo the stress of a court battle. If you wish to try mediation, you can find your own private mediator, and even if you decide to file a family court case, the court will require you to mediate all child custody issues with a mediator in its Family Court Services Department prior to having these issue heard by a judge. The courts also usually require the parties to meet with the Daily Settlement Office (“DSO”), at least once prior to setting trial dates in matter.
How Does Mediation Work?
Mediation is a series of guided negotiation sessions with the number and length of the sessions varying based on how complicated the dispute is and the preferences of the spouses. A relatively minor visitation dispute might be resolved in a single session while a divorce with significant childcare and property division questions could take weeks. The mediator’s role is to help the parties work together to find opportunities for mutual gain and to hopefully lead them to a settlement agreement.
What Happens if Mediation Doesn’t Resolve Everything?
While the goal of mediation is to resolve all points of conflict, this is not always possible. If the parties are only in agreement on some issues, they can sign a partial agreement and then go to court to litigate the outstanding issues.
If you’re considering mediation in the Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Westwood, West Los Angeles, or in all other areas of Los Angeles County and want help ensuring that your legal rights are protected, call the Law Office of Michelle L. Kazadi.