There are many types of mediation. This article discusses mediation as it relates to couples seeking an alternative to a courtroom (litigated) divorce. The attorneys at Carlisle & Gray are trained in the art of negotiation and settlement which we use in our mediation practice. If you would like to keep your dissolution in Sacramento, Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Placer County, El Dorado Hills, El Dorado County, Citrus Heights, Woodland, Yolo County, and other Northern California counties out of Court, mediation can be a great option. During mediation neither party is represented by the mediator, the mediator is an attorney at the Law Offices of Carlisle & Gray that acts a neutral third party. The mediator assists the parties in coming to an agreement on issues such as asset and debt division, child support, spousal support, child custody and visitation. The greatest feature of mediation is control — the parties are taking control of their future and making decisions for themselves rather than allowing a court to make decisions for their future. Mediation is also a great way for parties to a divorce to save on attorney’s fees. A mediated divorce is typically handled on what is called a flat fee basis, meaning there is no hourly charge and there is only one payment being made rather than two separate attorneys being hired by the parties. The parties to a mediation are welcome to have any agreements reviewed by their own independent attorneys which is often much less than retaining an attorney for a litigated divorce. The mediator attorneys at Carlisle & Gray will also prepare all paperwork necessary to complete the divorce. If you are interested in setting an appointment to discuss mediation contact the Law Offices of Carlisle & Gray at (916) 782-2737.