More and more couples are turning to divorce mediation than ever before. For many, it’s a much easier choice than hiring an attorney to go to court – in mediation, two parties can discuss their terms and conditions without having to step foot in a hostile courtroom. Our mediators will ensure that negotiations happen fairly in a stress-free environment and that the entire process goes smoothly. As with any proceeding, there are a few things to note before your first session.
All mediators are not the same
Different mediators may have different styles, and there may be differences in how they conduct a session. You might not feel as comfortable with one as you do another, which is why it is advisable to meet and talk to different mediators first and then choose the person you want to oversee your sessions. Our firm provides free consultation sessions, so you have the opportunity to meet with us before you commit to anything.
Mediation is almost always less expensive
The attorney’s role in mediation is very limited, which means their charges are also less when compared to full-blown litigation. Mediation can cost around $3,000 to $7,000 on average, whereas battling it out in court may cost you anything from $20,000 to $45,000 – or even more.
Mediation can redefine your relationship
It might be daunting to think about having to negotiate your divorce with your spouse; there’s a lot of negative emotion that comes up during the process, but this is your opportunity to take control and ask for what you want. The mediator is there to break down the process and ensure no one’s voice goes unheard while keeping the discussion moving toward fair resolutions. Even if this fairness was missing from your marriage, it will be there in mediation – and this balance can provide the groundwork for a newly defined relationship as either co-parents or ex-partners.
As co-parents, this new type of communication between you and your spouse will be critical in moving forward as a family (a necessity if you have children). Mediation provides an opportunity to create what your family will look like post-divorce.
Your mediation will be 100% confidential
Whatever happens during the session remains only between the mediator and the parties involved. Any sensitive information you share will never be disclosed to anyone outside of the mediation – there’s no public record of your sessions and no judge will hear about it, unlike the litigation process. Each of you will likely sign a confidentiality agreement to further guarantee your privacy.
We can help you get through your divorce, even if you think the relationship with your spouse is beyond repair – we’re here to listen and help you reach a resolution that you’re both satisfied with. Call us at 858-255-1321 or visit our website to schedule your free consultation.