Do I have to go to Mediation?
Mediation is generally mandatory. Don’t be afraid! Mediation is usually a good thing and you might be surprised on what you can agree on! The important thing is to go into mediation both prepared and with realistic expectations.
What happens at Mediation?
Mediation is a way for parties to settle a case without having to go before a judge. In Mediation, the mediator will act as a go-between for the two parties. The case can be resolved at mediation but it does not have to be. Usually meditation takes at least three hours in a family law case but it can take much longer and sometimes parties have to attend multiple mediations to arrive at a resolution. If the parties can not agree, the case will have to be decided by a judge.
What is a Parenting Plan?
A parenting plan outlines the visitation schedule for the children as well as specifies other responsibilities of each parent. A parenting plan must be included in every divorce or paternity case. The parenting plan is very important because it lays out.
What is Supervised Visitation?
Supervised visitation is commonly used in cases where domestic violence may be an issue or in situations where it would not be in the best interest of the child to have unsupervised contact with a parent. In Orange County, there is a program called Family Ties that administers supervised visitation of children. Visits are typically limited to a two-hour time period and are done under the supervision of a trained professional. The goal is to provide a safe place for a child to see a parent. Supervised visitation is commonly ordered in domestic violence injunction cases or in custody case where the child has been separated from a parent for an extended period of time and needs time to get re-acquainted with the child before a more permanent visitation schedule is established. Family Ties can be reached at (407) 836-2050