The goal of a divorce mediator in Laguna Beach is to help a couple reach important decisions in a non-adversarial manner.
The goal of a trial lawyer is to win by getting their client what they want. These two opposing paths to divorce lead to very different outcomes.
In litigation, conflict can escalate quickly as couples recite all the reasons they should have custody of the children or a larger share of the assets. Instead of increasing communication, many lawyers advise their clients to abstain from talking about the divorce.
The result is a missed opportunity for spouses to come together and arrive at a mutually agreed-upon settlement. Now, the courts are involved and a judge that knows nothing about the many intricate layers of family dynamics will make these decisions for them.
They will decide who gets the physical and legal custody of the children, the visitation schedule, and the amount of child support and spousal maintenance.
In addition to losing control, a divorcing couple loses time, money, and privacy. The process of mediation can take weeks, whereas litigation can take months or years.
Once a decision is reached, the mediator will draw up the final divorce judgment. A divorce mediator in Laguna Beach always recommends that spouses have this court document reviewed by an independent attorney before signing.
Once agreed to and signed, our mediators file the documents with the courts. This means that neither you nor your family ever has to step foot into the courthouse.
To learn more about the process of mediation and to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us at Divorce Mediation of California today.