Most Frequently Asked Question


What if I already have an attorney but my ex-partner does not?

Mediation can assist both of you in resolving your issues, whether you have an attorney or not.  Once an agreement is made, both people are encouraged to have an attorney review their agreement to confirm that their agreement is in their best interest.

Is Mediation An Alternative To Litigation?

Mediation has become an alternative way to resolve child sharing and parent-child conflicts, to settle divorce and property disagreements, and to resolve issues related to the break up, without the expensive litigation.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Mediation is a process in which a trained, neutral third party, helps the couple/persons involved in a family breakup to  isolate their issues, then negotiate and create an agreement they will both support and accept.

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What if we can agree on how to share the children?

You and your partner can skip the FCS mediation appointment with the court. When you hire Team Works to assist you, you will fill in a child sharing agreement as part of the Marital Settlement Agreement.  This becomes your court order.  Team Works mediators will help you to develop a  Parenting Plan that will become your child sharing agreement.

What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?

In arbitration, each person presents their side of the case to the arbitrator, who in turn makes a decision on how the conflict will be resolved. The couple does not have any say-so about the outcome of this kind of decision. Mediation offers the couple creative options that a judge would not be able to offer, to resolve the case. Usually a couple can meet one to several times to settle disputes with the mediators.

What is Family Court Services?

Yes, if you have children and cannot agree on child sharing issues, you may need to attend a Family Court Services (FCS) hearing. This is a meeting with a court counselor, (scheduled by filing proper papers, and serving the other parent), in which both parents and the court mediator work out a child sharing plan that you are both willing to follow. A second court hearing, in front of a judge, called an Order to Show Cause, (OSC) is also scheduled and  the  agreement you both accepted, in FCS, is ordered. In a case where you cannot agree with the court counselor, the counselor will make their own recommendations to the judge, and then these recommendations will usually become your child sharing arrangement.

What if we can’t agree on anything?

How do we reach a settlement using mediation?  Emotions usually drive the conflict in divorce. Legal issues are not usually the only reason couples are involved in the litigation process. Litigation is only one way to seek resolution in a difficult case.  Mediation is a great alternative to litigation. Our basic divorce package includes two hours of mediation, however we are available to help you if you should need additional hours to resolve your case. Our fee for additional mediation is $250 per hour. Any issues the couple feels are important to them can be mediated. Our mediation experts are a “husband and wife” team. Jefferson Stacer is a certified family law specialist attorney, certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Dr. Deena Stacer is experienced in relationship and communication strategies, child development, parenting issues, and the emotional issues related to the break up. The male/female “mediation team” approach has tremendous advantages over having a single mediator to reduce the perception of bias.

The team approach means that additional skills and perspectives are brought to the mediation meetings.  Mediation allows couples to work out their own creative solutions rather than accepting what a judge may be forced to order, due to the constraints of the law. The couple can also use the Team Works filing services to file their case and finish it off when an agreement is reached.

What if my divorce has already been filed, but I have questions about my case?

Can I still come to the Free Workshops?  Absolutely!! You may attend any of our workshops.  The more you know about your rights and responsibilities and how the court system works, the faster you can get your case resolved and get on with your life.  If you would like more information about our other services, such as paternity, modification of child support or child sharing, please contact us or attend our free workshops.The team approach means that additional skills and perspectives are brought to the mediation meetings.  Mediation allows couples to work out their own creative solutions rather than accepting what a judge may be forced to order, due to the constraints of the law. The couple can also use the Team Works filing services to file their case and finish it off when an agreement is reached.

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