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Parent Orientation Instructions NOTE: Please allow this slide show presentation to continuously scroll on its own to the end. This presentation is mandatory prior to Mediation and will take 35 minutes to complete.
Superior Court of California County of Alameda Child Custody Mediation IMPORTANT NOTE: You will be given instructions at the end of this presentation on how to print your certificate. Please pay close attention to the instructions.
Welcome to the Orientation for Parents & Guardians
Mediation is a meeting between disputing parties and a neutral third person – the mediator – whose role is to assist the parties in reaching an agreement. The mediator does not represent either party, but remains impartial.
When parents do not agree on custody and visitation arrangements, California law requires that they attend mediation before the court hearing to try to reach an agreement . In child custody mediation we will attempt to reach an agreement on the custody and visitation with your child.
Some counties in California have “Confidential” child custody mediation. In those counties, only the parents’ agreement is reported to the Court . All other matters discussed in mediation are confidential to the extent required by law, and not disclosed.
Some counties in California have “Recommending” child custody mediation. In those counties, the mediator is expected to make a recommendation about child custody and visitation matters when the parents do not agree. The best interests of the child guides the recommendation .
If, in the course of the mediation, the mediator hears of abuse or neglect to a minor or vulnerable adult, or hears of a person’s intent to harm himself or herself or another , the mediator is required to report that information.
In rare cases, the Court may appoint a professional to do a thorough evaluation and provide an extensive report with recommendations. Evaluations can be lengthy, time- consuming and costly. The parents, not the Court, pay for the evaluation.
A supervised visit is a meeting of parent and child in the presence of a third person.
It is ordered when the Court has concerns about the safety or comfort of the child with a parent or when the Court needs additional information about the visiting parent’s relationship or parenting skills with the child.
We are registered domestic partners, but our child was born before January 1, 2005. What is our status in Family Court? This matter has not yet been settled by the Courts. It is strongly advised that you contact a family lawyer about this question.