Mediation is a voluntary process where the parties attempt to resolve their differences with to the need to go to court. Even though it is generally required in most family law cases, it’s considered voluntary because there is no requirement that the parties reach an agreement.
Generally, mediation is ordered when the case is first filed. In a paternity or dissolution of marriage action parties may be required to attend mediation twice- before any hearing on temporary matters and again before the parties are given a final trial date. Mediation can also be required prior to most contempt cases going to court.
Mediation offers our clients a valuable opportunity to resolve their differences with their spouse in a less confrontational, expensive way. It allows parties, oftentimes with the assistance of their attorneys, to tailor a solution to their specific and unique circumstances and family dynamics, rather than have a Judge apply a cookie-cutter approach to their case.