Incorporating Facilitative Mediation
Into Voluntary Settlement Conferences in Family Law Cases: A Strategy for Success"
made available through the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act, OC Human Relations has developed an innovative program
leveraging volunteer community mediators to reshape the experience for family court litigants by taking them out of the adversarial
courtroom and into the cooperative environment of mediation. The program emphasizes facilitative mediation in lieu of the
more traditional evaluative settlement process. Data gathered from over 1000 cases support the notion that this facilitative
focus empowers litigants to overcome communication barriers and results in higher satisfaction with the court process. This
workshop will explore how the "facilitative settlement conference" differs and discuss why it may be particularly
effective in the family court setting.