Two high-profile divorcing couples are currently in court-ordered mediation as they hash out child custody arrangements. “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Shannon Beador and her soon-to-be ex David are meeting with a mediator to discuss custody of their three teen daughters. Meanwhile, “ hot felon” Jeremy Meeks and Melissa are receiving mediation assistance in custody arrangements for their son.
While both divorces are rather contentious, the mediation aspect – even though it’s court-ordered – represents a more peaceful approach to child custody issues.
In this issue, we’ll explain why court-ordered mediation is a good thing.
Can the court order us to go through mediation?
According to California family law (Code 3170), mediation is required if you and your spouse or partner cannot come to an agreement on your own about child custody.
Even though it’s required, mediation in these instances is a good thing. Among the many benefits is that you both will be working with a highly trained neutral party and the process is confidential and non-confrontational.
Why does the court mandate mediation?
Rather than the court mandating an order, the goal of child-custody mediation is to ensure that whatever differences both parents have is resolved in a civil manner and that the resulting custody is in the best interest of your child.
Is child-custody truly confidential?
Yes, it is. In fact, the mediator is forbidden to tell the court any of the details that were discussed during mediation. Rather, the mediator will guide the discussion between both parents, and assist with writing a custody agreement.
If, however, an agreement cannot be reached, the mediator will make recommendations to the court about custody arrangements that are in the best interest of the child.
Will the mediator try to prevent our divorce?
The mediator is not there to reunite the two of you. Their only goal is to help both of you separate in a matter you both view as fair.
To learn more about divorce mediation in San Diego, call The Men’s Legal Center.
One of the best features of divorce mediation is that you and your spouse or partner are the ones who make the decisions on how your divorce will be settled. To make sure your interested are protected, however, it’s crucial that you talk with a divorce lawyer specializing in men’s rights.
For more information, call us here at The Men’s Legal Center. Our number is (619) 234-3838; you can also reach us via email.