What exactly is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce Mediation is a fairly new way to assist you and your spouse to reach a peaceful compromise without causing undue stress and depletion of your community assets. Divorce mediation ("family mediation" or "mediation") is a voluntary, confidential process during which a neutral attorney, the mediator, works with the parties to identify their unique and shared interests and needs. The mediator creates an emotionally positive and peaceful environment where the parties are able to reach a resolution that addresses each person’s interests. The goal of mediation is to assist the parties in finding a common solution that will provide a fair and beneficial result for both parties. For those situations where both parties are completely unable to communicate with each other, the mediator becomes the common ground and assists in explaining the merits of each party’s position. Divorce Mediation is a cost-effective way of dissolving the marital relationship without causing undue expense and hardship. Some of the major issues that may be resolved during the mediation process are:
- Valuation of Separate and Community Property
- Division of Community Assets
- Division of Community Property
- Separate Property
- Pensions, IRAs, 401K
- Stock, Shares, Bonds
- Child support
- Child Custody
- Visitation Rights
- Spousal support
Why our Firm?
The members of our firm are attorneys with extensive backgrounds in dispute resolution and litigation. Our mediation team consists of professional attorneys that are impartial and have experience in dealing with different complex situations that arise as a result of a divorce. By participating in the divorce mediation process, you can have the benefit of a cost-effective resolution to your situation.
Why Divorce Mediation?
- In an adverse divorce proceeding, parties, on average, end up spending $20,000-$50,000 in legal fees.
- Divorce Mediation prevents depletion of your community assets
- The more the parties fight and disagree, the more money each party will need to pay the attorneys and experts.
- The more the parties argue, less community assets are left for the parties and their children.
- Expert fees such as business valuation, forensic accountants, forensic psychologists, accountants, and appraisers will be very costly and will prolong the dissolution process.
- In the Divorce Mediation proceedings, the parties work to amicably resolve their problems by having an attorney mediator discuss the likelihood of success on the issues and attempt to assist the parties in reaching a fair settlement.
- In Divorce Mediation, the parties can frequently avoid court appearances.
Where do we Practice?
We can assist parties who will file for divorce in:
- Los Angeles County
- Orange County
- Riverside County
- San Bernardino County
When is Divorce Mediation used?
This is a fairly new way of reaching a peaceful compromise for couples that are either filing for divorce or are caught in an argumentative situation after the divorce has already been filed. If you are filing for divorce, the mediation process can help you avoid the hassles of court, have a more positive outcome, and save you money.
How do we achieve this?
- A series of private, confidential and professional sessions that are conducted in person or, when necessary, over the phone.
- All matters are kept confidential.
- We gather as much information as possible regarding all the issues surrounding the parties and find a compromising solution that satisfies both parties.
- In the Divorce Mediation process, the mediator, a licensed attorney, can provide the parties with a realistic understanding of probable outcomes should they choose to move forward with a contested divorce action.
- Instead of arguing with each other endlessly, we provide a neutral ground in which you can get help to resolve your differences.
- Together we can assist you to find a common solution that satisfies both sides.
Reasons why you should choose Divorce Mediation:
Adverse divorce is too expensive;
Adverse divorce takes too long;
Adverse divorce causes too much anger and harm; and
Judges prefer for the parties to get along, especially when children are involved.
In the case that you change your mind:
Participating in Divorce Mediation is never binding by itself. The parties will need to finalize the process through the execution of a marital settlement agreement. If you find that you are unable to mediate, the parties can always opt out of the mediation process and pursue dissolution through the adversarial court dissolution process.