Mediation also can be useful for unmarried individuals or married individuals who want a legal separation without terminating their marriage relationship. Scenarios include parentage matters dealing with child custody, child visitation and child support. Unmarried parties, or parties who have already gone through a divorce, may have small or large personal or legal issues that need resolution through mediation. A typical example involves the change in family dynamics which affects a parents’ ability to communicate with the other parent regarding their children’s best interests and general welfare. Some factors which cause this change involve the relocation of a parent with a child, the needs of growing children or a parent’s remarriage. Often, financial circumstances arise that affect a party’s ability to pay or receive support (job fluctuations, retirement, the continued need for spousal support despite a termination date approaching, etc.), which may require modification of a prior child or spousal support order, depending on the case. There may be un-adjudicated assets from a prior divorce court action which have not yet been divided. Or one party may not be adhering to a prior court order and be facing a costly court contempt proceeding. A voluntary mediated resolution can address and resolve all of these issues outside of court.
The mediation process is conducive to settling unresolved issues. Forms of mediation differ, but in all mediations a neutral third party, the mediator, informally meets and interacts with the participants. Mediation is a more comfortable and informative process than winding up in Court with a possible adverse outcome. Since mediation moves forward through communication and voluntary participation, parties are less likely to make rash decisions or unwise choices. A successful mediation is when the parties reach an out of Court workable written agreement. During mediation at McVickers Family Law Mediation Center, you have an opportunity to fully discuss personal and legal issues with our trustworthy impartial mediator, T. Elizabeth McVicker, CFLS, who assists in making sure that both sides are being heard. Over the course of potentially several sessions, Elizabeth assesses the issues and skillfully guides you and your opponent toward a mutually acceptable resolution.
Our mediator, T. Elizabeth McVicker, CFLS, has a thorough background and a proficient knowledge of California family law which provide her with the skills to find equitable solutions to the messiest of disputes. Her unbiased approach helps everyone to better understand the key issues of his or her personal or legal dispute. Elizabeth works diligently to reach a consensus enabling participants to confidently move forward in their lives with the knowledge that their mediation agreement meets their needs.
Instead of being required to accept the seemingly one-sided approach of a final decision rendered by a Court, in mediation parties have the option to pursue a variety of paths to resolve their issues. Mediation can be a better option than the long tedious and often expensive road of litigation. Mediation participants are less likely to feel intimidated or misunderstood when they do not feel that they are being put on the spot, which is a common feeling for litigation participants in a courtroom. With the guidance of our mediator, T. Elizabeth McVicker, CFLS, a long term resolution can be reached. She has the foresight, knowledge and understanding of how to custom tailor a satisfactory workable agreement. Once mediation is successfully concluded and a plan for resolution is in place, Elizabeth McVicker, CFLS, can draft the roadmap for handling the aftermath of your life and your former partner’s life post mediation.