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Family Law Mediation FAQ For Residents of Orange County, California

The trusted family law firm of Minyard Morris has served the people of Orange County for nearly four decades. Our team of 19 attorneys helps clients with all aspects of family law and divorce, including mediation. We find that mediating a dispute often helps people find positive compromises to difficult problems without having to go to trial. With our extensive experience representing Orange County clients in mediation, we can answer the many questions you likely have about the process.

What does the mediation process look like?

In mediation, each party sits down with a neutral mediator to discuss their issues. Parties may each consult with their individual attorneys outside of mediation regarding the terms discussed in these sessions, but these attorneys are not allowed at the mediation sessions themselves. Most family law mediators are attorneys who work at firms not connected with either party or their counsel. In mediation sessions, the mediator helps both sides work through issues such as spousal maintenance, child custody, asset division and other crucial issues to find mutually beneficial solutions.

What are the benefits of mediation?

Compared to traditional litigation in which both parties appear in court before a judge, mediation has many benefits. For instance, mediation can:

  • Save money
  • Save time
  • Maintain amicable relations
  • Preserve privacy
  • Retain your control over the outcome

With so many benefits, you can understand why it is a popular option for many couples who are going through a divorce, custody dispute or other family law challenges. However, mediation only has benefits when it results in an outcome. Mediation is not always a win-win solution, and if you need to pursue litigation after these sessions then mediation may end up being a waste of time and resources.

Is mediation a good fit for me?

Not everyone would benefit from family law mediation. However, it might work for you and your spouse if:

  1. You are able to cooperate and compromise
  2. You do not need to “win” the divorce “battle”
  3. You are both ready to dissolve your marriage
  4. You are both willing to share custody of your children
  5. Your relationship did not involve domestic abuse
  6. You have a fairly equal share of your finances

You can take a look at our comprehensive list of criteria that can help you determine whether mediation is right for your situation.

What if I try mediation but it doesn’t work?

There are some circumstances in which, even with the best of intentions, one or both parties cannot reach a resolution through mediation. If all efforts at alternative dispute resolution falter, it might be time to proceed to trial. In a trial, your counsel represents you before a family law judge. The judge issues a ruling on your family law issues.

Where can I learn more about mediation?

We have written a cohesive, completely free Guide on Family Law Mediation in the state of California.

Learn More About Mediation Representation Today

If you are ready to take the next step and contact an Orange County divorce mediation attorney, we are ready to serve you. Minyard Morris can provide the resources and legal knowledge that you need from the beginning to the end of mediation. Call 949-724-1111 or send us an email to schedule your initial consultation.