Family or Divorce Mediation is a problem-solving process to help families resolve matters concerning their divorce or differences while avoiding the stress and expense of going to trial. Mediator Josefina Rendón will assist you towards reaching resolution of your differences in terms that meet the needs of all family members. As a mediator, Josefina does not take sides but will be there to help each party to work out an agreement in the best interest of the family. In cases with children, she can assist the parents in developing a cooperative parenting agreement.
Settlement rates in family mediations are high, therefore, you have an excellent chance of resolving your issues quickly and inexpensively through mediation. To accomplish this, both spouses must participate in the mediation. They do not need to feel friendly toward one another, but should be prepared to work together sometimes in the same room (as well as separate rooms) to seek solutions that will meet the needs of all family members, especially their children.
Contrary to court, in mediation the parties are expected to be actively involved in the process and to work toward the goal of settlement and resolution. Mediation is also based on balancing interests and helping parties make decisions they believe are in everyone’s best interest. Therefore, it may help to bring pertinent documents related to any unresolved issues such as: pay stubs, 401k or retirement account information, bank and credit statements, tax returns, automobile titles, deeds, inventories and children’s records. The mediation will be more productive regarding plans for the children, division of property and financial arrangements if everyone cooperates in good faith and in the spirit of open and full disclosure.
Typically, if children are involved, they are aware of their parents’ anger and estrangement, and they may suffer the most when there is conflict between the parents. Therefore, throughout mediation, mediator Josefina Rendón may provide information in the field of family dynamics and may try to help the parties address some of those difficult issues.
A family mediation session typically lasts about 4 hours. Please come prepared to participate in good faith.