Mediation is a confidential process in which the parties to a family conflict meet with a Certified Family Court Mediator in attempt to resolve issues rather than have the issues decided by a judge. All decisions are made by the parties themselves, and neither party waives any rights by engaging in the process.
During a mediation, Douglas Barker, a Certified Family Court Mediator, acts as a neutral between the parties. His sole interest is in finding common ground between the parties to reduce or eliminate issues that require trial by a judge.
In Family Court mediation, any issue the parties wish to resolve can be mediated. These issues can include pre-separation issues, such as who will leave the home and how expenses will be paid on a temporary basis, as well as what the children’s schedules will look like. Issues often include child custody, visitation, and support; spousal support; the division of assets and debts; attorney fees; and all other issues arising from the family conflict.
When parties litigate issues before a judge, the emotional toll and the expense increase exponentially. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify your divorce or other family court action and reduce costs, while still achieving your goals. Mediation is a useful tool for removing impediments to a settlement on important issues, such as child custody, child support, spousal support and the division of marital property. Douglas Barker has the knowledge and skill to guide you through the mediation process toward a mutually acceptable, cost-effective resolution of your most contentious issues.
The best way to control costs during divorce is to negotiate a settlement agreement of all the ancillary issues and present it to the court for approval. Even if you don’t achieve a complete agreement, you can settle most issues and hold the remaining points over for trial. Mediation offers the following benefits: