Mediation helps reduce the time cost and emotional duress of a divorce. You have much more control over your divorce in mediation than you would before a judge, so take advantage of the opportunity to manage the process, make some of your own rules and enjoy one of the most beneficial strategies for any divorce: mediation.
Why is mediation so effective? The first thing to know about mediation is the rules are very flexible, and you help to create them. Unlike court, where every action is closely guided by California law, in mediation the parties themselves are free to create alternative solutions which work best for their family and the unique rhythms which governed the lives of the children prior to the divorce.
You are not bound to the recommendations of the mediator, and the entire process is confidential which keeps your personal issues out of the public record. The mediator works to get to the core of issues quickly while helping to establish common ground. The parties and the mediator work to develop solutions which both parties can agree upon, ultimately creating the resolution to challenging issues such as child custody, the division of property, child support and spousal support.
This allows most couples to resolve every issue in their divorce and have a settlement agreement ready to go in a fraction of the time it might take to litigate the case before a judge.
Mediation helps reduce the time cost and emotional duress of a divorce. Mediation is also usually a fraction of the cost of trial, saving valuable money and other financial resources. Instead of taking more than a year, most cases which employ mediation are able to be completed in a much shorter time frame. Often, mediation can resolve every issue and have your case ready to present to the court within the six month mandatory waiting period established by California family law.
Finally, the emotional burden is greatly reduced. Instead of fighting over issues in open court on the public record, mediation reduces the emotional cost of a divorce. Strict rules of conduct preclude the parties from treating the other disrespectfully or abusively. What happens in mediation stays in mediation. If the case is not resolved in mediation, all communications and evidence shared cannot be directly referenced or cited in any subsequent Court proceeding.
The mediator helps the parties to learn new skills which not only help them to resolve disagreements and successfully complete mediation. Many studies have proven parties who work together in mediation are much more likely to abide by the agreements they themselves have crafted, and have more tools to work through challenges which might arise post decree as they work to co-parent their children.
The experienced Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq often represent clients in mediation. Mediation helps reduce the time cost and emotional duress of a divorce and creates the strongest opportunity for a result you can live with once the divorce is completed.
We invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and contact us or call 760-434-3330 to schedule an appointment. Learn how mediation may be an effective tool to reduce the time, cost and emotional burden of your own divorce.