It is common practice for Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County courts to require parents to attend a Mediation Appointment or Conciliation Court Appointment prior to attending the actual child custody hearing date. Let’s go over some basics of what you may expect:
1. Lawyers are not allowed to attend the appointment. The mediation is strictly for the parties and a neutral mediator who will be there to assist both parents in coming up with an appropriate parenting plan.
2. Don’t feel pressured to agree to anything you are uncomfortable with.
3. Topics of discussion are only child custody and visitation. No financials or property issues will be discussed at mediation.
4. If you come to an agreement with the other parent, the mediator will prepare a formal agreement and send it to your attorney.
5. Some courts allow you 24 hours to cancel the agreement if you wish.
If you have any more questions relating to mediation, contact an Orange County Divorce Attorney today for help.