Process – How Mediation Works in Orange County
Finding the right mediator to help resolve your divorce disputes can be
challenging. At our meditation practice, we meet with our prospective
clients and discuss their case to determine if mediation is appropriate.
We take great pride in helping our clients reach solutions while saving
them time and money. Read on to learn more about the mediation process
and how our mediators help parties find solutions during their divorce.
Orange County Mediation Process
At our Orange County divorce mediation practice, we try to keep the mediation
process as simple as possible. Since divorce tends to cause a great deal
of stress upon a family, we work alongside our clients to maintain a peaceful
environment. Our mediators understand the importance of how a relaxing
environment can help parties reach an agreement in a time effective manner
and feel satisfied with the result
- Initial Meeting or Conference Call
We invite all of our prospective clients to contact us to schedule an initial
meeting to discuss their issues. During the meeting, our trained mediator
will ask a series of questions to gather basic information about the matter
to determine if mediation is appropriate for the parties. For example,
under some situation, if domestic violence has occurred, we may decline
to provide mediation services.
Both parties will be contacted to determine if they both agree to mediate
the issues in dispute. If the parties agree, a follow-up appointment will
be set to undergo a mediation evaluation in which all issues in conflict
will be discussed.
- Mediation Evaluation – Define the Issues of Conflict
Each party can either call our office or meet with us in person to discuss
the issues in which they would like to have resolved. This will help us
guide the conversation and maintain a neutral environment to help achieve
conflict resolution. Note, we never provide legal advice to either party
during mediation. Our sole duty is to remain neutral and help the parties
foster a dialogue to reach an agreement.
- Joint Meeting and Individual Sessions
A joint meeting will be scheduled for the parties to come together. During
this meeting, our mediator will discuss the terms of the mediation and
their role therein. We will determine if it is best for the parties to
have individual sessions with our mediator, or joint sessions to resolve
- Follow-Up Meeting or Conference
There are times in which mediation spans into several days, or parties
would like to think about their options prior to signing an agreement.
We conduct follow-up sessions upon request to make sure all parties are
in agreement with the resolution of the underlying issues.
- Final Resolution
Once the parties reach a final resolution, a marital settlement agreement
will be drafted for their review and approval. The marital settlement
agreement will be attached to the final judgment.
We invite you to contact our mediation office to speak with one of our
mediators. We provide mediation services to residents of all of Orange
County, California including Irvine, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and