Divorce Mediation Anaheim – An Affordable Solution Without Litigation

Divorce mediators for clients  in Anaheim offer a non-confrontational approach to discussing key issues that must be decided in divorce proceedings to reach a settlement. Reaching these important decisions will affect your family for years to come. 

These issues include debt and asset distribution, child and spousal support, and child custody and visitation rights.

What Is Mediation?

During mediation, a divorcing couple may choose to meet with a mediator where they discuss the above-mentioned key issues together. Unlike litigation, where a judge will determine the ruling, mediators don’t make decisions for you but guide you in the process of coming to an agreement. 

These experienced, neutral professionals understand communication styles and have training in leading conversations away from conflict and towards resolution. 

Our team of divorce mediation specialists is made up of attorneys, mental health professionals, and accountants. These skilled mediators are well-versed in family law mediation and litigation. They are committed to assisting clients in finding a better way to resolve disputes. 

For a complimentary consultation, contact us at Divorce Mediation of California today.

Some Common Misconceptions About Divorce Mediation

After working with thousands of families, we’ve witnessed a common thread of misconceptions that can keep people from finding a peaceful resolution.

Misconception #1: Miscommunication in Both Parties

One of the most common beliefs is that if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are not talking, you are not good candidates for divorce mediation in Anaheim.

The truth is that amicable couples getting a divorce are rare. Most people going through a dissolution of marriage have spent months, if not years, in silence or confrontational bouts of anger, resentment and grief. 

For these couples, litigation may seem like the only path to obtaining a divorce, but in actuality, litigation fuels the fire of discontent.

Lawyers on either side draw their battle lines with allegation, and the process continues for months, if not years. 

In the end, litigation may cost families their entire financial savings, an extraordinary amount of time, and emotional wounds that are slow to heal.

Our neutral divorce mediation in Anaheim includes family law attorneys and mental health professionals. Their combined skills help navigate even the most incendiary personalities toward common ground in a non-confrontational manner. 

They ensure each party is heard, that neither is spoken over and that all points are covered in a fair and just manner. 

In many cases, the communication skills developed during mediation help divorcing couples continue healthy conversations after the divorce is finalized. This is particularly important for spouses with children. 

You will no longer be a couple, but you will always be parents. Co-parenting is much easier on all parties concerned. Children fare much better when their parents can talk with each other in a civil and respectful manner.

Misconception #2: There’s No Room for Compromise.

As with most situations in life, compromise is a necessary element in reaching decisions that two people can agree on. There is a fair resolution, and we can help you find it. 

In litigation, the decision is out of your hands and in the courts. The judge makes their decision based on facts and the law, not necessarily on what you may deem fair.

Should you consider that you would rather have the court decide your fate, you can always begin the litigation process.

Misconception #3: Estate is Too Complicated.

Our team of experts has successfully mediated divorces that involved extensive estates, complicated finances, and jointly owned businesses. 

For a complimentary consultation, contact us at Divorce Mediation of California today.

How Does Mediation Differ From Litigation?

Several key elements differentiate divorce mediation in Anaheim from litigation. Here are just a few: 

Combative vs. Collaborative

By its nature, litigation is combative and adversarial because each party and their lawyers are fighting for what they feel is fair. 

Experts and witnesses may be called to testify about someone’s behavior or mental capacity. Older children may be called to testify or to speak with the judge in their chamber.

In some cases, the court may appoint a minor’s counsel. This lawyer investigates the case in terms of what is best for the children,  based on their assessment, and reports the findings to the court. 

This process may require extensive interviews with the children and individuals with a strong connection to them and the family. These may include teachers, doctors, and babysitters.

Divorce mediators in Anaheim, on the other hand, are skilled-professionals that have spent years helping countless spouses reach agreements and decisions that affect their family for years to come.

Neutral facilitators are trained to navigate through the most adversarial situations and assist the parties to come to a peaceful resolution. 

Private vs. Public

Court proceedings are considered public records. Any disagreements, disclosures, or financial matters are available to the public. Divorce mediation, on the other hand, is private and confidential. 

According to California Law, all communication that occurs in the context of mediation is private and privileged. This means that statements made in mediation can never be used in court. 

Control Vs. Compliance

In divorce mediation in Anaheim, spouses are in control of the final decisions. In litigation, the court determines the outcome and the couple is required to comply. For many couples, this one differentiation is what brings them to the mediation table. 

A judge must base their decision on the current law and facts. Once the judge makes a ruling, there is little you can do outside of filing an appeal, could be another costly venture. 

Despite the highly emotional stresses inherent in a divorce, spouses can end this segment of their life in a peaceful and non-adversarial process.

Expensive vs. Efficient

Settling a case out of court with the help of divorce mediation specialists saves you thousands of dollars. Preparing for a hearing takes time and, considering attorney’s fees, it may cost an extraordinary amount of money. 

Pleadings and exhibits must be prepared and sometimes, expert witnesses are engaged. Discovery is formal and can be time consuming. All of this takes time that racks up attorneys fees.

Choose Experienced Divorce Mediation Specialists

We charge one flat fee that completes your entire divorce and includes all of the documents and filings from beginning to end. Parties to the action never have to step foot into the courthouse, reducing stress, saving time, and allowing the divorcing spouses to end one chapter of their life in the best manner possible.  

To learn more about how we can help and guide you with your divorce process, contact us at Divorce Mediation of California today.