Family Law Mediation & Arbitration Attorneys in Oceanside
Employing Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques
Family law cases can be resolved in several different ways. Recognizing the expense, uncertainty, and time entailed in traditional litigation, courts in recent years have mandated or encouraged alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation and arbitration.
At Palmer Rodak & Associates, we are experienced in obtaining positive results for clients using ADR techniques in family law cases. One of the principals of our firm, Attorney Matthew E. Palmer, serves as Pro Tem Mediator for Family Court Services in court-ordered mediation proceedings, as a private mediator, and represents clients in mediation proceedings.
Discuss your case with us today and see how mediation or arbitration can benefit you. Call Palmer Rodak & Associates at (760) 573-2223.
How Mediation Works
The process of mediation encourages parties in a family law dispute to solve their problem through a guided discussion that uncovers areas of mutual agreement. When there is a disagreement, the mediator attempts to develop a consensus that is satisfactory to both parties. Rather than dwelling on the past, mediation focuses the parties’ attention on the future.
Mediation has several advantages over litigation. Mediation:
- Is less confrontational and emotional than litigation
- Encourages workable solutions
- Is less costly and time-consuming
- Allows the parties to control the situation, rather than being at the mercy of a judge
- Provides a more predictable outcome than a trial
- Offers more privacy regarding financial records
Throughout the mediation process, each party retains the right to go to litigation if the process proves ineffective.
Using Mediation to Establish a Parenting Plan
Mediation is especially useful when developing parenting plans. Children see their parents coming to an agreement without a nasty court fight. As a result, they experience less emotional trauma and uncertainty and more easily adapt to the new reality of their lives. Often, the court will accept a mediated parenting plan as the permanent order, without the parents having to come to court.
Arbitration is another form of alternative dispute resolution that is a popular alternative to divorce litigation. In arbitration, evidence is presented to a third-party arbitrator (or a panel of arbitrators) who determine how the case will be settled. Arbitration can be binding or non-binding and is generally faster and more private than divorce litigation.
Divorce mediation and arbitration are not appropriate for every situation. Our lawyers can help you determine your best legal option.
For a free consultation, call (760) 573-2223 today.
My kids are my world and I am very happy to have her represent me in my case. I am extremely relieved having her by my side.- Corrie M.
I'm so thankful they took the time to meet with me, thank you so much Dillan!- Amanda C.
His supporting staff is top-notch. I would highly recommend this firm.- Maria G.
Richard was very professional, he knew exactly the document he needed to complete for us, was very prompt in getting back to me and was very reasonable with his fee.- Maggie J.