Divorce Mediation

What is Divorce Mediation?

By November 10, 2010 No Comments

Divorce Mediation is a process where you and your spouse work together with an attorney-mediator who has been specially trained in divorce law.  The mediator helps divorcing couples resolve conflict and reach agreements.  Mediation is an effective and affordable alternative to litigation.  A voluntary process, divorce mediation is a way to divorce that is chosen by you and your spouse.  Often people choose divorce mediation because it allows them to retain control over the outcome of their divorce.  This process allows you both to decide the outcome of your case–not the court.  If you are parents, the choice to mediate will have benefits to you and your children far into the future.

By choosing divorce mediation you and your spouse have the opportunity to work things out cooperatively, rather than engaging in an expensive and stressful legal contest.  The cost to you and your spouse for divorce mediation is far less than each of you hiring separate attorneys.  Working together with an attorney-mediator will save you not only money but time that is needed as you adjust to establishing two separate households. You set the pace. You won’t be frustrated by court delays or pressured to meet court-imposed deadlines.  Mediation can proceed as slowly, or as rapidly, as you choose.

With the help of the mediator, you will create your own agreement together, rather than allowing others to make decisions for you. The agreement that you design in mediation includes everything that is important to you.  The traditional legal process has an element of surprise and adversarial nature that does not exist in divorce mediation. The discussion continues until each of you is convinced that the agreement will work for you.

Your privacy will be protected by meeting privately in the mediator’s office rather than appearing in a public courtroom to air your disputes. The divorce mediator is responsible for processing all the paperwork with the court, so that you are able to have your divorce negotiated and the paperwork done in the privacy of the mediator’s office.

If you have children, the mediator will help you design a parenting plan that works for your family. You have the opportunity to try out different parenting plans that are focused on your children, before you sign an agreement.

Divorce mediation helps decrease the tension between the two of you and enables you to work together as parents, and even to remain friends, if you wish. Divorce mediation is focused on the future. With the help of the mediator, you and your spouse work together for solutions to move forward, rather than dwelling on the past.  The result is a positive process, allowing you both to move forward, rather than getting stuck in the past.

At Family Law Center you will find well trained and experienced Sacramento Divorce Mediation experts.