Use Mediation to avoid large legal fees and complex courtroom procedures!
If you are considering a divorce, legal separation, have child custody or property disputes we have considerable experience mediating disputes in traditional marriages, same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships, and alternative relationships.
Hassett Mediations is not an advocate for either party and does not make the decisions but helps guide the process. We listen and help each of the parties stay focused to assist you to reach a reasonable and fair resolution with your spouse or partner, one that is much more cost-effective than litigation, and which meets your needs, and that of your family.
Lisa Hassett, the principal at Hassett Mediations, is a licensed attorney in California and has practiced Family law exclusively for over 18 years. She can help you with any issues that should come up from property division, child visitation, spousal support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and much more.
Mediation is an alternative to traditional litigation. A mediator is a trained neutral third party who acknowledges your emotional and practical concerns while helping to negotiate an agreement between you and your spouse/other parties.
Mediation is a method wherein parties are provided a more respectful and less combative or antagonistic environment to achieve their goals in whichever family issue they may be involved. The parties often feel they can speak more freely and therefore move toward a successful conclusion of their case when they aren’t in the contentious atmosphere of the Courtroom.
Mediated matters are typically resolved more quickly because the parties are able to avoid the Courtroom and the ensuing delays due to the busy Court calendar. This process can also save the parties a substantial amount of money as opposed to the costly court litigation process.
We offer a free 30-minute consultation to help our clients decide if they would like to consider mediation.
Mediators work with both parties to resolve key issues, including visitation, child support, custody, alimony, and property division, etc. In a mediation session, either party may consult an outside attorney, counselor, or financial planner of their choice at any time throughout the process.
Either the mediator or the parties may ask for a meeting at any time during the mediation. The meeting is informal and confidential between the mediator and an individual party. Anything disclosed in the meeting will be kept in confidence unless otherwise permitted by the disclosing party. Any time a meeting is held with one party, typically a meeting is held with each individual party to ensure equality and impartiality.
After the terms have been agreed upon, the mediator creates a settlement agreement, which then can be filed with the courts and becomes a binding Judgment.