Orange County Divorce Mediation
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When many people envision divorce proceedings, it frequently involves stress,
emotion, and – almost invariably – a judge. While our Orange
County divorce mediators cannot alleviate the stress aspect altogether,
we can help clients to work together and determine terms of divorce in
which everyone can get what they want. We want to help our clients achieve
resolutions which everyone can agree on, without having to fight it out
in a courtroom.
What is divorce mediation?
Divorce mediation is the process in which a divorcing couple meets with
a neutral third party, the mediator, to determine how to amicably and
equitably end their marriage. Mediation covers a variety of issues, including
allocation of assets, as well as custody and child support.
What are the benefits of mediation?
Mediation is less expensive than divorce. With a traditional divorce, both parties have to hire opposing
attorneys – this, in conjunction with a lengthy trial, can lead
to a heavy financial burden. Mediation eliminates those fees.
Mediation allows both parties to have more control over the results of their case – instead of a judge reaching a resolution,
the divorcing couple will agree to terms together.
Mediation allows for more discretion than a divorce. Whatever is said during mediation is confidential and
cannot be used in a future lawsuit, unless it pertains to criminal activity.
Contrastingly, court cases are public.
Mediation is faster than a traditional divorce. The length of mediation depends on the couple’s
willingness to come to an agreement, but it can be resolved in just a
few sessions, if both parties agree to the terms quickly.
How does mediation work?
In most cases, the following will occur -
- First Meeting: during the first meeting, the mediator will have the couple
discuss their goals and what they want to achieve through the mediation process.
- Additional Meetings: during these meetings, the couple will continue to
discuss any unresolved issues. During the negotiation, the mediator will
not take sides. Instead, they will help to facilitate the conversation
– they will assist with identifying the points of dispute and they
will help the parties resolve any remaining issues. An attorney-mediator
can offer a useful legal perspective throughout this process, such as
how divorce issues are usually resolved.
- Written Agreement: when both parties have reached an agreement, the mediator
will put said agreement in writing and have both parties sign it. An attorney-mediator
is, again, helpful because they will file the paperwork with the court.
The Orange County divorce mediators at OC Divorce Mediation Center have
almost 50 years of combined experience and will help you through your
mediation. Our mediators will work to ensure that your conflict is resolved
in a safe, non-judgmental environment. If you live in the Ladera Ranch,
Orange County, or Irvine areas and believe that mediation is right for
you, contact our experienced mediators today!
Contact us today to get started with our skilled mediators and reach an amicable
conclusion with your partner.