8 May 2011 0 Comments

Divorce and mediation

Follow Us

Mediation is an alternative to fighting in a court room with your spouse. Instead of going to court and speaking to your spouse through your attorney, a neutral third party mediator is brought in to help you and your spouse negotiate divorce issues, such as child custody and support.  The mediator will help you reach an agreement that satisfies both parties.

California Family Code Section 1830 states, “When a controversy exists between spouses, or when a controversy relating to child custody or visitation exists between parents regardless of their marital status, and the controversy may, unless a reconciliation is achieved, result in dissolution of the marriage, nullity of the marriage, or legal separation of the parties, or in the disruption of the household, and there is a minor child of the spouses or parents or of either of them whose welfare might be affected thereby, the family conciliation court has jurisdiction as provided in this part over the controversy and over the parties to the controversy and over all persons having any relation to the controversy”.

Mediation helps you and your spouse through this process in a positive manner; it reduces the tension around you and lets you communicate better.  Mediated cases usually take less time than a litigated one.

If you are considering a divorce, ask yourself if you want the process to go smoothly.  If so, talk to an experienced Riverside Family Law attorney about mediation to determine how to proceed.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.