Michael Norton is recognized by the State Bar of California as a Certified Family... more
Michael Norton is recognized by the State Bar of California as a Certified Family Law Specialist. Mr. Norton advises and represents clients in all areas of California family law including: Divorce, child custody and parental rights, post-judgment modification of orders, premarital and post-marital agreements, spousal support, child support, registered domestic partnerships, guardianships and ad... view profile
Zayante (Zoey) P. Merrillgrew up andnow practices in Stockton, California. Ms.... more
Zayante (Zoey) P. Merrillgrew up andnow practices in Stockton, California. Ms.Merrill specializes in bankruptcy, family law, and domestic mediation. Ms. Merrill earned her juris doctorfrom Humphreys College, Laurence Drivon School of Law in 2009. She was valedictorian. Ms. Merrill was admitted to the California Bar in December 2009, California State Bar Number 268331. Before law school,... 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.