Mr. Melendez is a Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and can be hired as a mediator to mediate your family law case whether you have hired an attorney or not. Mediation is a process that allows parties to negotiate their differences in a safe, confidential and controlled environment with the assistance of a certified mediator. Through the mediation process, parties have an opportunity to voice their interests and their concerns so that they may work towards settling their issues in a peaceful manner.
Through mediation, parties have the best opportunity to come up with options that are most catered to their individual needs. This process can be distinguished from just going to court and having a judge decide their fate. Though our judges are bright intelligent and many times motivated individuals, no matter how good a judge is, the judge has no way of knowing the details of a marriage or a child’s needs more than the actual parties. This is one of the best reasons to bring a matter to mediation rather than asking a judge to make the decision.
Pro-se mediation is mediation that only involves the parties and the mediator as opposed to the parties with their attorneys. This is a great way to settle a case as the parties can many times save the complete expense of going through two law offices. Pro-se Mediation is best done with a mediator who is an attorney as they have the most knowledge of the forms and the language that goes into a marital settlement agreement and a parenting plan. Other types of individuals also provide pr0-se mediation including mental health professionals. These individuals are also very skilled at keeping people in the right mindset for settlement and helping individuals comes up with functional parenting plans.
Co-mediation is another type of alternative dispute resolution that is available as an option to settle disputes of parties. Co-mediation includes the assistance of two mediators. For the purpose of co-mediation, the Melendez Law Office specifically has joined hands with two respected and experienced Licensed mental health therapist and counselors where Mr. Melendez serves as the mediator with the experience of a lawyer. The therapists that Mr. Melendez works with for this process are Rachel Moskowitz and Linda Peterman. The purpose of using two mediators is to insure that the parties receive the best services specific to the disciplines of both professionals. During the mediation process, the lawyer/mediator will be able to assist the parties in the drafting of any agreements including marital settlement agreements and parenting plans. The counselor/mediator facilitates the mediation process by assisting the partiers with their unique skills as a licensed mental health professional.
The process of co-mediation can be conducted by both mediators meeting with both parties and proceeding in a traditional mediation type manner. A second type of mediation process can be conducted by co-mediation where the mental health professional meets with the parties for the building of a parenting plan and the lawyer meets with the parties for the building of the marital settlement agreement. The parties ultimately meet together with both mediators for the purpose of putting both documents together and a discussion on finalizing their divorce.
Without lawyers, the parties are in need of document production. The Melendez Law Office offers to prepare the parties documents so that they can take their settlement agreements and documents to be filed and finalized by the Judges signature.