FACLC has a new mediation program to assist families who can resolve their case without Court intervention. For a flat fee, you can meet with a mediator for 4 hours over two months to resolve your issues of support, property, and custody (in certain circumstances). In the end, you have a final judgment resolving all your issues.

Mediation is a process to resolve your divorce by having you and your spouse sit in the same room with each other and with a neutral mediator. With the mediator's help, you would work through all the issues you need to resolve so the two of you can get through your divorce. The mediator remains neutral between the husband and the wife. That means the mediator can't give advice to either party, and also can't act as a lawyer for either party. At the conclusion, you and your spouse have a Judgment that resolves all issues.

Both you and your spouse must agree to mediation, and either of you can back out at any time.

If you choose to mediate through FACLC, neither you nor your spouse can use FACLC's services any time in the future (other than returning to mediate additional issues).

Mediation is not for everyone. FACLC has the right to determine suitability of mediation.

Why Choose Mediation??
Going to court is not the only way to resolve family law disputes. Mediation helps people find solutions that are mutually acceptable and may be preferable for several reasons: 1) You will directly participate in finding solutions; 2) You probably will be able to resolve your dispute sooner; 3) It may be much less expensive; 4) You may end the process with a better relationship with your former spouse; and 5) You will likely find it less stressful than court hearings. You can decide if Mediation may be best for you.

You Make the Decisions - Not The Court
Mediation allows you and your spouse to make decisions about the issues involved in your case rather than leaving those decisions to a Judge.

Low Stress
You and your spouse participate in two private mediation sessions in a calm and productive atmosphere. Mediation is flexible and confidential. It gives you and your spouse a way to settle the conflict between you, which is natural and inevitable, in a way that helps you to move forward after your divorce. The way your marriage ends will significantly impact the way you approach your future relationships. When you use a mediator to help both of you communicate and make important decisions, it can be easier to move forward and accept the past, rather than turning hurt and anger into an expensive court battle.

Less Expensive
When both spouses meet with one Mediator, they can share the cost. If the spouses were to retain separate attorneys to represent them in the divorce, often having to pay a retainer of just to get started.

FACLC Prepares All Necessary Court Papers
Many people try to do their own divorces these days, but run into difficulty trying to understand the laws and the complex paperwork involved. FACLC will prepare and file all of the paperwork for parties representing themselves.

No Court Appearances
No one is required to appear in court at any time. Avoiding the courtroom battles between lawyers, you work together through mediation to achieve a reasonable settlement that the whole family can live with.

Both parties must complete the Family & Children's Law Center Mediation Intake forms before being considered for this Program. Ask today to speak with our Mediation Intake Manager.

Mediation is not always the best choice for every family.

FACLC will review your case to determine your eligibility for this program.