If you are facing an Orange County California divorce and you haven’t considered divorce mediation, take a minute to learn a few basics. Consider what divorce mediation is, how mediation could benefit you, and when it is likely to work. Divorce mediation is the process of resolving disputes related to divorce by working with a neutral third party acting as a facilitator. The facilitator, often an experienced family law attorney, assists the divorcing spouses in reaching an agreement outside of court.
The Orange County, California divorce mediation process is only beneficial if both parties voluntarily agree to participate. Both parties entering mediation need to be prepared to seek a resolution through compromise. The mediator is not there to validate any claims of right or wrong. The mediator is not empowered to make any decisions or force any issues. The mediator is neutral, so they do not give legal advice to either party during the mediation discussions. Divorce mediation is an option divorcing couples can choose instead of litigating their disputes, and having the judge decide the outcome.
The Benefit of Orange County California Divorce Mediation:
1. More Control of the Timeframe: When litigating a divorce with several disputes through the court, the process can be lengthy and depends on when hearings are scheduled, etc. With mediation, the process may take significantly less time depending on the complexity of the issues and whether professional valuation opinions are necessary, etc. The divorcing parties are more in control of how long the process takes as they are the ones making the final call on when and how issues are resolved.
2. Decreased Costs: Divorce mediation presents the potential for significant savings to Orange County California couples seeking divorce. Not only are the fees less, but the amount of time spend mediating (in comparison to litigating) is usually notably less.
3. More Convenient: The divorce mediation process tends to be more convenient for the parties involved. The parties and their counsels have the flexibility to make appointments with the mediator based on their schedules. The meetings also typically occur in the mediator’s office rather than at a courthouse.
If you are interested in discussing more of the benefits of Orange County California divorce mediation, please get in touch with the experienced family law attorneys at The Maggio Law Firm today. We have the experience and knowledge you need by your side.