Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) through mediation can save time and money.
While it is human nature to view litigation as a win or lose situation, the reality of divorce litigation in California is that no one really wins, except in some rare circumstances.
The most cost-effective way to resolve a divorce case involves both spouses working together in order to reach an agreed upon resolution of all issues. Mediation does not prohibit both spouses from retaining an attorney to properly advise of all rights and obligations related to a divorce case, prior to the signing of a binding settlement agreement.
Mediation also allows both spouses to avoid the emotional trauma of appearing in front of a Family Court judge and courtroom full of people, to receive a judge’s decision on how to resolve issues within a divorce case. Generally, divorce proceedings are open to the public and the judge will likely be hearing other Family Court cases on the same day of your hearing. Mediation gives both spouses a way to avoid “airing the dirty laundry” often associated with a divorce in an open courtroom.
Mediators do not choose sides. A mediator’s job is to assist both spouses in attempting to reach an out of court agreement to resolve the issues within your divorce case. A mediator will listen to the wishes and concerns of both spouses to ensure everyone’s voice is heard. The mediator can then assist spouses in coming up with alternative ways to settle each issue.
The attorneys at Long & Vernon LLP have a combination of over 12 years of family law litigation experience and understand the value of mediating a divorce case. We welcome attorney participation in mediation sessions between spouses. Our goal is to provide mediation services that offer a safe and comfortable setting for spouses to work together towards an out of court settlement of issues in divorce cases. Contact us today at 619-485-2900 to learn more about the mediation services offered by Long & Vernon LLP.