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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. With the Team Works Mediation system, you will meet with Attorney Stacer, to go through the forms to settle your case. He will answer your questions regarding, division of debts, child sharing, support and property. We also offer Free Divorce Information Workshops twice a month to answer your family law questions. Workshops are offered twice a month for anyone who wants to know more about… (Read more)
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.
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.
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.
The basic Team Works divorce mediation package is designed to assist couples with the filing of their divorce and child sharing/child custody modification. The couple usually agrees to share equally in the costs and court fees incurred during the course of mediation. Court filing fees are in addition to mediation fees and are paid separately to the Superior Court. Our basic mediation services package and costs are described as… (Read more)
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… (Read more)
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… (Read more)
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.
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… (Read more)
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.
Yes! Team Works Divorce Mediation and Court Filing also co-sponsors a Co-Parenting Education Program for parents involved in custody conflicts. We offer in-person courses and online co-parenting courses. There are six and twelve week co-parenting courses designed to help parents learn the skills to end their custody disputes with techniques to protect their children. Dr. Deena Stacer is an international parent educator and high conflict intervention specialist who has been teaching high conflict and co-parenting courses since 1997 for the San Diego Family Courts. She has also earned an international reputation as a specialist with family law and mental health professionals, who work… (Read more)
Team Works Mediation and Divorce Court Filing Services offers two FREE workshops a month to help you with your divorce, debts division, and child custody and child sharing questions. At these workshops, family law attorney, Jefferson Stacer volunteers his time to answer your family law questions. You may come as many times to the workshops to get your questions answered as you would like. You may bring a friend or a family member for support. You do not have to be a Team Works customer to attend these Free Divorce Help, Information, Mediation and Court Filing Workshops. Workshops are held… (Read more)
At your initial meeting with Team Works divorce mediator, Jefferson Stacer, Family Law Attorney, will help you resolve your case, answering your questions and providing you with worksheets and court forms that you and your mate will use to settle your divorce case. You will also sign the paperwork to get your case filed. When the paper works comes back from court, we will serve your spouse by U.S. mail or in person. This starts the clock ticking for your divorce to begin and your marital status to end. After this meeting with Mr. Stacer, you and your mate will… (Read more)