If you are in the midst of a
divorce, you may be wondering whether or not you should seek
mediation assistance in your case. If you are going to be deciding a
child custody plan as a part of the process, mediation is often recommended.
According to the Los Angeles Superior Court, if you and your spouse cannot
be friendly and reasonable with each other as you work through the custody
dispute, you may be required to do to mediation. For example, if there
is a volatile custody dispute, then you will be required to attend mediation.
When Is Mediation Required in Divore Cases?
The Family Code requires that if there is a contested issue regarding the
children, then the parents will need to attempt to resolve the dispute
in a mediation setting. Only after this attempt has been made will the
court make orders in a litigated hearing. This is also true when individuals
are working through dissolution filings and paternity filings. Mediation
may also be required ion some guardianship cases.
If you need to schedule a mediation appointment in accordance with the
Los Angeles Superior Court requirements, then you will want to talk to
your attorney. In some cases, a lawyer may also be able to act as a mediator.
Normally, mediation will involve a meeting with both ex-spouses and the
mediator helping the parties to communicate their concerns about a particular
custody arrangement. If the mediation is fruitless, then the court may
make an executive decision regarding
child custody. It is always best to work towards an amicable divorce so that you can
bypass mediation requirements.
Contact an attorney at
Claery & Hammond, LLP today if you want to work through your child custody case, or if you need