A divorce (aka "dissolution") may be a difficult process. For most, the dissolution of a marriage or
domestic partnership will be the most emotional and trying time of their life. Going through a contested divorce, one in which both parties do not agree, can be very time consuming, especially if the courts are involved.
An alternative to allowing a judge to decide your fate after a trial, is participating in mediation. The
family law attorneys at Claery & Green, LLP can assist you through this process. The advantages of using a mediator to assist with your divorce include the following:
- Cost Effectiveness: The average cost of a contested divorce can cost you thousands of dollars. By using a mediator to assist you through the process, you have control over the cost and can finalize your divorce in one (or more if necessary) sitting.
Mediation can be Faster than using the Courts: Some say the divorce rate has risen to a staggering 75%. Thus, you can imagine the back log of the courts when processing divorce cases. When filing a request for temporary orders, the court will usually provide you with a hearing date approximately 6-8 weeks away. When you need immediate results, this delay can affect your case and the outcome. An attorney at Claery & Green, LLP can mediate your divorce in a timely manner. You will feel much better when your matter is resolved quickly, rather than dragging it out for several months or even years.
- Control Over the Outcome: When allowing a judge to decide your matter, you are putting your fate in their hands. Why not maintain control over what could be the most important matter of your life? You can do this by using a mediator to assist you and your spouse with coming to an agreement.
- Less Stressful and Emotional: A contested divorce can be very stressful on the parties and the children, especially when adversarial attorneys are involved to advocate on behalf of their client. Claery & Green, LLP can assist you through this process by providing a mediator that is fair and impartial to both parties, thus reducing the stress and emotions that are heightened by litigation.
- Privacy and Confidentiality: When appearing in court, you are in a public forum. There will likely be others in the courtroom with you, listening to the information you provide to the judge. Mediating your issues in the privacy of the mediator's office will ensure that your matter is kept confidential.
Mediation can be More beneficial for Children: Litigation takes a toll on parents. Often times, parents become hostile towards one another during a custody battle and use the children as pawns to get their way. This has a negative effect on the children involved. Mediation can help streamline the process and assist the parties to work together for the benefit of the children.
Mediation Provides an Ability to Create a Settlement that is Specific to Your Needs: A judge is bound by certain rules when making orders regarding your divorce. There are certain aspects of your case that a judge has little to no control over. During the mediation process, you have more flexibility with child custody, child support, spousal support, division of property, attorney fees, etc. A mediator at Claery & Green, LLP can help you tailor a settlement to fit your family's needs.
Please Contact the Los Angeles and San Diego attorneys at Claery and Green today to schedule your mediation and/or for more information regarding the process regarding divorce, domestic partnership and/or paternity action mediations. We look forward to assisting you!
By Nicole Negron, a Managing Divorce and Family Law Attorney at Claery & Green