Finding Common Ground Mediation & Law Services®
An attorney mediator mediates with an understanding of the law and can provide the parties with information on how the current status of the law applies to their situation. The mediator, or neutral expert, helps the parties fashion their own agreement. This agreement may follow the law or be a creative alternative which meets the parties underlying interests.
Benefits of Mediation
- The attorney mediator is neutral and does not represent or advocate for the interests of either party.
- The mediator makes sure all of the issues are addressed, especially the needs of the children.
- The mediator also ensures that both Parties are mediating in good faith and that there is a balanced exchange between the Parties.
- No determination of fault as parties work towards a mutually agreeable solution.
- Relationships are preserved.
- Mediated agreements are legally enforceable in a court of law, just as are agreements reached through litigation.
Mediation Training and Experience
All of our Attorney Mediators have extensive training and experience. Although, in California, there is currently no licensing or regulation of mediators, it is important you hire a mediator with experience in the field, and one who has knowledge of the topic at hand. Make sure that your mediator has enough training and experience to mediate your particular case properly and professionally.
Co-mediation in Legal Disputes
In some cases, your attorney mediator will choose to have a co-mediator at the mediation table because it will provide a better and often more successful mediation process for the clients. Often, this co-mediator will be another attorney mediator. When two attorney mediators are part of your mediation process, you receive the benefit of two mediators helping you negotiate and reach agreements. Generally, there is no additional cost to you when a co-mediator joins you at the mediation table, so you will have two attorney mediators at the table for one hourly rate.
Other co-mediators who might join the mediation as needed are Certified Divorce Financial Analysts or Mental Health Professionals. The clients work with their mediators to decide if and when these professionals would be helpful in mediation.