Sort out your Legal Issues with our Divorce Mediation Services
Divorce mediation services in Santa Ana offers divorcing couples the opportunity to end this chapter of their lives in an equitable and non-confrontational manner. With the help of a neutral third-party, you are able to reach an agreement on the terms of the divorce.
For many, this option seems out of reach. Months, if not years of bitter discontent, may leave couples feeling like a legal battle is their only recourse.
After helping thousands of clients with divorce mediation in Santa Ana, we know that it is possible, even for those that are coming to the table with seemingly irreconcilable demands.
Our team at Divorce Mediation of California is made up of attorneys, accountants, and mental health professionals with years of mediation and litigation experience. These professionals are committed to assisting clients in finding an alternative to expensive and lengthy litigation proceedings.
Resolution can be accomplished in just a few weeks, instead of months or years. For a complimentary consultation, contact us at Divorce Mediation of California today.
How Does Mediation Work?
Professional divorce mediation services help divorcing couples come to an agreement on the many decisions that must be resolved during divorce proceedings. These determinations include distribution of assets and debts, spousal and child support, legal and physical child custody, and visitation rights.
Before committing to the process, we meet with clients during a complimentary consultation to answer any of their questions and let them know what to expect.
Typically the mediation process, the divorcing couple comes to our office for all sessions. Due to Covid, Zoom/Online sessions are available. Neither party nor the children will ever have to step into a courtroom.
At these meetings, we begin the necessary discussions to determine what each person wants and where we can find common ground. We’ll explore options in a non-adversarial manner and help you have the necessary conversations that lead to an outcome that is best for all concerned.
We file all documents and process your judgment. In a matter of weeks, your divorce is processed and you can begin to rebuild and create the next chapter of your life.
Why Choose Mediation?
Divorce mediation in Santa Ana offers several benefits when compared to litigation and settling your case in court. One of the most important advantages is that it provides divorcing couples the opportunity to remain in control of the outcome.
During litigation, a judge cannot simply make decisions based on what they, or you, think is fair. All facts have to be considered, and those facts must be compared with current case law band codes.
Some judges are newly appointed in family law. If the court rotates the assignment of judges, it becomes a toss-up whether you will receive the benefit of a judge with extensive family law experience, or not. The initial judgment may also be appealed, resulting in more time spent at the appellate level.
No Obligation to Appear in Court
Additionally, in some cases, an older child will be asked to testify in court which can be an uncomfortable and stressful position for them. Some judges may elect to have a child speak in their chambers so that they do not have to answer questions in front of both parents.
A judge may also appoint minor’s counsel or a custody evaluator. These professionals investigate home environments and interview the children and individuals close to the children, such as teachers, doctors, and babysitters.
Following their investigation, they submit a report of findings to the court with their recommendations.
Needless to say, parents do not relish giving up their control in situations involving their children.
Divorce mediation services in Santa Ana reduce the emotional strain inherent in divorce proceedings. Instead of closing the wounds and allowing the process of healing to begin, litigation allows the wounds to fester and compound.
Mediation helps achieve closure, enabling couples to end one chapter of their life so that they can create something new. For many, the conversations achieved with the help of a facilitator allow divorcing couples to maintain a healthy, co-parenting relationship long after the divorce is finalized.
Couples that stay at the table, discuss the issues, and come up with a compromise, can say they’ve done the best for themselves and for their children.
Mediation also offers couples the opportunity to talk with each other. Prior to the decision to proceed with a divorce, couples may have experienced months or even years of decaying communications. At times, they may have stopped talking altogether.
Entering into divorce mediation services in Santa Ana with skilled professionals allows participants to discuss their disagreements as well as their concerns. With experienced third-party facilitators, non-adversarial communication is possible and contested issues can be settled.
Developing open lines of communication can have long-term benefits, particularly for those spouses with children. Co-parenting is a process that requires discussions and exchanging information.
Ending a marriage in a way that ensures both sides are heard leads to less antagonism and more cooperation.
By comparison, litigation is a process that increases discord and dissension. Couples are fighting for assets, support, or time with their children. Instead of increasing communication, it defines the battle lines and prompts a war.
It’s also a process that requires airing in court, your personal affairs such as finances. Because it’s taking place in court, records are made public.
Mediation is private
According to California Law, communications and settlements that occur during the course of mediation must remain confidential.
Mediation saves time and money
Litigation is a lengthy process that can take months, if not years, to complete. Should the divorce proceed to trial, you can expect months to years of preparation. Most divorces that go to trial take over a year to resolve and that time increases bitterness.
Divorce mediation in Santa Ana, on the other hand, can result in an agreement in just weeks, instead of months.
In addition to the emotional costs, prolonged, high-conflict divorces deplete assets. For those that go to trial, costs can reach tens of thousands of dollars.
Work with the Best Divorce Mediation Team
Our years of experience lead to divorce mediation services in Santa Ana that have been tried and tested over time.
Third-party facilitators create the space for honest communication. Don’t enter into litigation without considering the positive’s healthy outcome mediation can bring.
For a complimentary consultation, contact us at Divorce Mediation of California today.