Although our whole firm prides itself on being "warriors in court," I believe that I... more
Although our whole firm prides itself on being "warriors in court," I believe that I have a calling to spread the word to folks that there are alternatives to going to court. There are alternatives like mediation, collaborative law and cooperative law. People in our firm, and myself, had to take extra training, often at substantial expense and in other states, to be able to offer those alternat... view profile
22 Years Legal Experience California, Family Law Kelly Waggonner graduated from The... more
22 Years Legal Experience California, Family Law Kelly Waggonner graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a double major in Government and Sociology - a perfect blend for later moving into the area of family law. Kelly's passion lies with helping people resolve their family law legal disputes or objectives in a manner that affords them dignity, respect, and a fair and just re... view profile
The mediation process can help you resolve disputes without going to court. In a mediation proceeding, a neutral third party (a mediation lawyer or mediator) meets with you and the person you disagree with. Mediators are trained to find mediation solutions in legal disputes, including divorce mediation and business disagreement mediation. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you negotiate until a solution is found. Mediation is the most informal process for dispute resolution and is usually the least expensive method. The drawback is that, unlike an arbitrator in arbitration, the mediator does not make a final decision. So, unless the parties agree and enter into a settlement agreement, the mediation can end without the dispute being solved.