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Choosing The Right Divorce Mediation Attorney

Posted By Judy Williams || 29-Jul-2014

How to Choose the Right Divorce Mediator in Orange County

Are you an Orange County, California resident currently considering using a mediator to resolve your divorce disputes? A highly trained Newport Beach divorce mediator can help you save time, money, and quickly help you and the other party reach an agreement on a pending divorce, or family law related disputes you may have. Read on to learn more about how to choose the right divorce mediator in Orange County, California.

What You Should Consider Before Hiring a Mediator

Mediation allows divorcing couples to utilize a third neutral party to help negotiate the terms of their divorce, such as child support, custody and visitation, spousal support, and the division of community assets and debts.

Mediators do not provide legal advice to clients and refrain from making any decisions for the parties. Mediators do, however, give both parties identical legal information so that their decisions will be based upon knowledge of the law. Here are a few key things you should consider when hiring a mediator in Orange County:

  1. Does the mediator have the appropriate amount of training, knowledge, and experience to handle your matter?
    Do not hire an inexperienced mediator. You will be throwing your money and time away if you do. Before you hire a mediator, find out if he/she has the training, knowledge, and experience to help you achieve a resolution regarding any pending disputes prohibiting the finalization of your divorce. Ask the mediator what type of certifications he/she holds, where his/her education was obtained, and the experience he/she has in mediating similar issues such as yours (while maintaining confidentiality).

  2. Is the mediator ethical?

    Ask the mediator what ethical standards of conduct he/she holds herself/himself to. Hire a mediator that will maintain confidentiality regarding your matter and remain neutral throughout the process. Remember, the mediator’s main objective should be to serve as a neutral observer between two parties who are in need of resolving a conflict. The mediator should ensure that all rights and interests of both spouses are protected throughout the mediation process and never side with one party’s position.

  3. What is the mediator’s style?

    The techniques mediators use to help parties reach an agreement vary greatly. Ask your mediator how they facilitate sessions, what he/she does when a hostile situation occurs, or when communication breaks down between the parties. Also, ask the mediator if he/ she can explain a time in which he/she had to end a session do to the parties being uncooperative. This will provide you with insight as to how the mediator weighs situations and whether he/she knows when to call it quits (everyone has a breaking point).

The tips above are just a few things for you to consider when hiring a mediator in the Fullerton, Santa Ana, Irvine, Newport Beach and San Clemente, California areas. Most importantly, make sure you take your time when searching for a mediator. Rushing to find a mediator will often result in disaster and leave you disappointed with the outcome.

If you would like to hire a mediator, contact Attorney Judy Williams for a consultation. She has extensive experience in handling disputes related to child support, visitation and custody, spousal support, and the division of community assets and debts. Contact Newport Beach CA Divorce Mediation Attorney Judy Williams today to schedule an appointment.

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