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Utilizing Mediation to Resolve Family Disputes: Safeguarding Time, Money, and Privacy

Utilizing Mediation to Resolve Family Disputes: Safeguarding Time, Money, and Privacy

Update: 2020-08-28


Clackamas’ Senior Judge, Eve L. Miller, discusses what mediation is, how it’s handled, and what it can accomplish for families who are hoping to avoid court.

Mediators are trained to be a neutral party, and to not push or persuade one party in any direction. Evaluative Mediation allows a mediator to put their two cents into the situation due to their background and training, such as formerly holding a position as a judge or an attorney.

The focus in mediation is to help parties come to agreements together, outside of court if possible. Generally speaking, people feel better when they have some ownership and control over the outcome, rather than a judge making the decision on their behalf.

A mediator is able to tackle every legal issue, ranging from asset division to custody and parenting time. Even if every issue is not settled within mediation, paring down as many topics as possible will save time, money, and some anguish of going to court. 

Mediation is often an appealing process for couples because they aren’t public, whereas a court trial is. For those who value their privacy, this is a great option to work out negotiations off the public record.

Once agreements are made in a mediation, it becomes a contract. Oregon statutes typically encourage and respect the fact that people can make agreements that suit their unique situations better than a judge can, and will ratify agreements made in a mediation, assuming they are made with the well-being of any children in mind. 

If you're not prepared to meet somebody halfway, you probably shouldn't be mediating, as it requires both parties to be willing to negotiate for an effective outcome.

It’s highly recommended to have an attorney on your team when going through a mediation, as they can provide you with legal advice and some basic understanding of what you’re agreeing to, while advocating for your best interest. 

If you would like to book Senior Judge for an Oregon mediation, you can view her website at If you are looking for legal representation, do not hesitate to contact Landerholm Family Law at (503) 227-0200.

Notas del Programa:

Si está en una unión libre y tiene hijos, establecer la paternidad es sumamente importante en caso de separación. Si no se establece la paternidad, no se ordenará la manutención de hijos, a menos que una de las partes decida hacerlo voluntariamente. Además, podría haber problemas para establecer la custodia y el tiempo de crianza. Si no se establece la paternidad, es posible que pueda obtener la custodia y el tiempo de crianza a través de derechos de terceros.

Al dividir los activos y llevar a cabo la disolución de una unión libre, primero se debe determinar si se está registrada como una pareja de hecho. Los registros de parejas de hecho en Oregon solo están disponibles para parejas del mismo sexo, esta existía anteriormente con el propósito de otorgar derechos matrimoniales a parejas del mismo sexo antes de que la constitución ordenara su disponibilidad.

Una pareja de hecho no registrada, la cual es común entre parejas heterosexuales, homosexuales o no binarias, es cuando se han obtenido todos o muchos de sus activos y se ha compartido gran parte de su vida juntos. En este caso, el tribunal observará esta relación bajo la lupa del derecho contractual.

La intención juega un papel muy importante cuando se trata de parejas de hecho no registradas. Al decidir cómo distribuir los activos, el tribunal analizará la intención detrás de la relación. La intención puede ser planteada en una escritura formal, una escritura informal (como mensajes de texto o correos electrónicos), y también pueden ser no escritas pero implícitas.

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Utilizing Mediation to Resolve Family Disputes: Safeguarding Time, Money, and Privacy

Utilizing Mediation to Resolve Family Disputes: Safeguarding Time, Money, and Privacy

with Senior Judge, Eve L. Miller