New Rules for Mediation in 2019 – Confidentiality

There are new rules for parties going through mediation starting in 2019. As set forth succinctly here (https://blog.ceb.com/2018/10/15/lawyers-must-now-inform-clients-about-mediation-confidentiality-in-writing/#more-21682), attorneys must now have clients sign a separate form acknowledging that all aspects of mediation are confidential and thus inadmissible in court at a later date. This will be in the new Evidence Code Section 1129. Although…

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Is hiring a mediator right for your divorce?

Divorce Mediation Versus Divorce Litigation I recently came across an article espousing the benefits of divorce mediation, rather than litigation, which I found informative: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/publications/the_101_201_practice_series/benefits_of_mediation_in_divorce_cases.html My family law practice currently consists of about 50% mediation cases and 50% litigation cases.  Mediation is generally less expensive, less stressful, and more cooperative.  When done most efficiently, you can…