What do you need to know about mediation in family law cases?

Family law issues can be some of the most difficult legal challenges that California residents face. Not only are these legal issues that are presenting individuals and families with the stress of courtroom interaction and, potentially, rulings from a judge, but they are also issues that involve the most intimate, close relationships that people can have – spouses, children and grandchildren, for example. To solve these issues, many people – and family law courts – turn to mediation. So, what do our readers need to know about mediation in family law cases?

Mediation as an option

For starters, most courts like to see family law issues get worked out through out-of-court negotiations, whenever possible. This is because it allows all sides to attempt to reach an arrangement that the acceptable to all involved. However, sometimes direct negotiations simply aren’t enough. Some family dynamics can be helped by mediation.

How mediation works

In mediation, a neutral third-party will attempt to help the parties involved in the family law case reach an acceptable solution. Through the “mediator,” both sides will exchange information, ideas and proposals for how to reach a solution to the family law issues at hand. The mediator is usually a skilled individual who has seen many different examples of family law problems and can help with suggestions that might get the parties to an acceptable result.

Many families in California include difficult relationships that can make finding solutions in family law cases complex. Fortunately, mediation can be an option in many cases. For more information about how our law firm attempts to help families in California get through mediation in family law cases, please visit our website.