Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party, known as a mediator, helps parties in a family law dispute to come to an agreement. Mediation is a voluntary process and can be used to resolve disputes related to divorce, child custody, and property division. In Oregon, mediation is a popular and effective way for parties to resolve their disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner.

The process of mediation begins with both parties agreeing to participate. The mediator will then meet with both parties separately to gather information about the dispute and to discuss the issues that need to be resolved. The mediator may then bring the parties together in a joint session to discuss the issues and to try to reach an agreement. The mediator will not make decisions for the parties, but will instead help them to communicate effectively and to come to a mutually acceptable agreement.

The mediation process is confidential, which means that anything said during the mediation sessions cannot be used in court. This allows both parties to speak freely and openly without fear of the information being used against them. The mediator will also help the parties to understand the legal process and the potential outcomes of a trial, which can help them to make informed decisions.

If an agreement is reached, the mediator will assist the parties in drafting a written agreement. This agreement will be binding and enforceable by the court. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, they can still choose to go to trial.

Mediation allows the parties to have control over the outcome of their case and to come to an agreement that works best for them. Additionally, it is a less adversarial process than going to trial, which can help to reduce stress and maintain relationships.

Overall, mediation is a valuable option for families in Oregon.