Experienced Divorce Mediators
In addition to litigating a divorce, mediation is another option that parties may consider. Mediation is a voluntary process where parties work with a mediator who is a neutral third party who helps guide you through the process to resolve all issues and come to an agreement.
The Benefits of Mediation
The process is confidential and affords the parties both privacy and flexibility. In traditional divorce litigation, issues are typically resolved by a Judge in an open court setting. Filings and motions (except financial statements) are a matter of public record. When you mediate, everything that is discussed with the mediator is confidential and cannot be shared.
With respect to flexibility, Judges are limited by case law and statutes when deciding issues. In mediation however, the parties have more opportunity to create an agreement that is a custom fit for them and their families without being bound by the decisions of a stranger.
How Divorce Mediation Works
Once the decision to mediate has been made, the parties participate in a series of meetings with the mediator to identify issues, problem solve and ultimately come to an agreement which is then filed with the Court. All separation (divorce) agreements have to be signed off on by a Judge and found to be fair and reasonable.
In the end, divorce mediation is often the most amicable, affordable, and efficient path to divorce.
Is Divorce Mediation Right For You?
Attorneys Briones and Baum are experienced and trained mediators. We will help you negotiate an agreement suited to both individuals and your family’s needs while avoiding the stress and high cost of litigation. If you are considering divorce, please contact us to learn more about the divorce mediation process and decide if mediation is right for you.