The Mediation Process

Any time that a Dissolution of Marriage or Paternity matter is filed with the Court and there are pending child custody and/or child visitation orders, a Family Court Services Mediation appointment is mandatory.  A mediation appointment is an appointment between both parents together and a Family Court Services Mediator only.  Attorneys for either party, or any other […]

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Mediation Confidentiality

California Evidence Code Section 1119(b) prohibits the discovery of writings prepared for or during private mediation. However, a recent appellate case holds that this confidentiality does not bar the discovery of mandated financial disclosure declarations. Lappe vs. Superior Court, 232 Cal.App. 4th 774. In Lappe, the wife sought a dissolution of her marriage. The parties […]

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Why do you need a Certified Family Law Specialist?

When someone calls our office for a possible appointment, I always inform them that Attorney  Bawden is a Certified Family Law Specialist.  An attorney who does not specialize in a certain area of law may not be best suited for family law issues.  Family law issues are complex and they change. In order to keep […]

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