Mediation presents the opportunity for both parties to work together in a conciliatory fashion to settle outstanding issues related to the dispute, whether it's divorce, custody or support modification, or issues related to family caregiving. The parties don't have to be in agreement to get started, but the goal of mediation is to settle disputed issues prior to going to court. Mediation enables the parties to fashion an agreement that is tailored to their particular set of circumstances, rather than having these personal decisions made by a judge.
While the primary goal of mediation is to come to agreement on dispute-related issues and craft an agreement acceptable to the parties and the court, through the process, parties often develop better communication skills, save time and money, improve their cooperative parenting efforts, and resolve their personal issues privately instead of airing them in open court.
Generally, mediation services are provided at the Holdsworth Law office, however, due to COVID-19 all mediation sessions are currently being done virtually through Zoom. After all issues have been resolved, we will draft an agreement to present to the court and assist in completing the other documents necessary to comply with filing requirements. The parties then attend the scheduled court hearing, in person or via Zoom, to discuss the agreement with the judge.