Divorce Mediation Newport Beach – Affordable Divorce Solutions
Going through a divorce is often one of the most emotionally traumatic events that may occur in a person’s life, and it can also be financially devastating. In Newport Beach, divorce mediation offers an alternative to the emotional stress and financial costs of obtaining a divorce through litigation.
How Does Mediation Work?
At Divorce Mediation of California, our team of experts in family law consists of attorneys, accountants, and mental health professionals. Together, we facilitate the conversations required of divorcing couples who need to make important decisions that affect themselves and their family.
After working with countless couples, we’ve developed the tools and skills necessary to help resolve disputes.
While you may believe that the relationship has degenerated to the point that compromise is inconceivable, involving a neutral third-party creates the space where honest communication is possible.
We simply provide the structure, information, and options that help clients feel comfortable while having an open and honest dialogue with each other.
After the critical decisions have been reached, such as debt and asset distribution, child and spousal support, and the custody arrangement for the children, we file all of the documents and process your judgment. This allows you and your children to stay out of the courtroom.
Unlike litigation, these services are provided for one flat fee. For a complimentary consultation, contact us at Divorce Mediation of California today.
Divorce Mediation vs. Litigation
Litigation is not based on open communication. In fact, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse may be advised to limit your conversations.
The two of you will also not be involved in the final decisions that affect you and your children. Those decisions will be made by an impartial judge that may or may not have much experience in family law. They definitely do not understand the many aspects and dynamics of your family situation.
In court, third-party testimony and possible allegations lead to increasing tension and drawn battle lines, leaving wounds that are slow to heal.
Our divorce mediation specialists in Newport Beach keep you off the battlefields and turn what would be a combative legal process into a collaborative arrangement.
For divorced couples that will be co-parenting, this distinction is critical. Developing open lines of communication through the skills acquired during mediation can promote improved dialogue and discussions. These are crucial to successful co-parenting and the creation of the best parenting plan for your children.
Unlike litigation that becomes a public record, which in turn, can be harmful to both you and your children, mediation is private and confidential.
California Law states that all communication, negotiations, or settlement offered in the course of a mediation must remain confidential.
Yet another distinction is time and cost. The process of divorce mediation services in Newport Beach can take as little as a few weeks, whereas the process of litigation can last months or even years.
Legal fees mount along the way, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars that could have gone towards a new home or your children’s education.
At Divorce Mediation of California, we charge one flat fee that covers all mediation appointments and document preparations. We take any guesswork out of an already uncertain moment in your life and save you money in the process.
For a complimentary consultation, contact us at Divorce Mediation California today.
To further ease your concerns, we’ve answered some commonly asked questions by those considering divorce mediation in Newport Beach.
Are My Children Involved in the Process?
In litigation, the answer to that question is yes. Older, mature children may be asked to testify or speak with the judge in their chambers.
Minor’s counsel may also be appointed for the children. This attorney represents the best interests of the children, as they see it. After undergoing an investigation and interviews, minor’s counsel will make recommendations based on the best interest of the children.
They do not act as an advocate for the children, and therefore do not make recommendations based on what the children prefer. In a lot of cases, parents will split the fees involved.
In a Newport Beach divorce mediation, the decisions are left to the parents, including the preparation of the parenting plan. In California, this is also called a custody and visitation agreement.
The plan contains a schedule that defines when the children will be with each parent, and a determination on how the parents will make decisions about the education, welfare, and health of the children.
Developing a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the children is best suited for parents and not the court. Children fare much better when parents work together and are not fighting over custody and visitation schedules.
Our divorce mediation specialists in Newport Beach guide parents through the process of making informed decisions that affect their children for many years to come. As compared to the win-lose scenario found in litigation, we help parents reach win-win resolutions that are both good for them and for their children.
To learn more, contact us at Divorce Mediation of California today.
Does the Mediator Represent Both Parties?
Our team of mediators does not represent either one of you. We remain objective while guiding you through the issues that require resolution in order to come up with an agreement.
Facilitation through a neutral third-party is what makes meditation work. No one feels threatened or judged. The desired outcome is simply to create a divorce agreement that offers the best solutions for all concerned.
Once the agreement is reached, both parties may have it reviewed by their own independent counsel before signing. After signing, we will file the judgment with the court and await the judge’s approval. Neither you nor your children will have to step foot into the courtroom.
At Divorce Mediation of California, we offer an environment of transparency where divorcing couples can express their concerns as well as their desires.
Unlike the contemptuous environment found in many courtrooms, our divorce mediation services in Newport Beach create a respectful environment where collaboration can be achieved.
Our goal is to help you avoid the emotional heartbreak a litigated divorce can lead to, and help you find a better way.
For a complimentary consultation, contact us at Divorce Mediation of California today.