When you are looking for the fastest and least expensive way to get divorced, consider Mediation.
In divorce mediation, a neutral third party, called a mediator, sits down with you and your spouse to try to help you resolve all of the issues in your separation. The mediator doesn’t make any decisions. That part of the process is up to you and your spouse. Instead, the mediator helps you communicate with each other until you can come to an agreement. The divorce mediation process does not rely on trust. Rather, it relies on principles of a good business decision. Most people can resolve even difficult and complex disputes if they are given the opportunity, a clear procedure and the help of a mediator. Even people who are angry and frustrated can successfully negotiate and reach a mutually satisfactory settlement.
What to Expect From the Divorce Mediation Process
To help you figure out the terms of your separation, you and your spouse will meet with one of our San Diego divorce mediators (and when appropriate, with your attorneys) to assure that everyone has the same grasp of the process. We will glean the basic facts and clarify the issues of the dispute. Our divorce mediator will then facilitate the negotiation with your spouse, considering available options and their respective advantages and risks. Sometimes your mediator may request to meet separately with each of you to discuss your individual interests and views. When you decide on your issues, our mediator will prepare a written memo that confirms your agreement. Then, attorneys or other professionals can review your agreement for terms and content. Should you desire, we can prepare a marital settlement agreement (MSA) and all the papers needed to finalize your divorce or separation. The terms of your agreement, once processed and filed by the Court, become court orders.
Is mediation the family law process for you? Call 858-410-0144 today to schedule a free initial 15-minute telephone consultation with a San Diego divorce mediator and explore your choice in more detail.
Divorce mediation is a helpful means for many couples to manage and resolve difficult family law and divorce issues in a timely and cost-effective manner. Perhaps most importantly, participants maintain maximum control over decisions that can affect them and their children for many years to come. Mediation offers the following benefits:
- No Pressure: You won’t feel pressured during mediation.
- Safe: You don’t need to give up your rights during mediation.
- Sensible: Mediation is an informal and sensible way to negotiate.
- Cost-effective and Quick: A mediated agreement usually costs less and takes less time because the parties are doing the negotiating, not the lawyers.
- Higher Success Rate: What’s more, studies show that people are more likely to live up to agreements that they negotiate themselves, rather than those done for them by others or decided by a judge.
So call 858-410-0144 today to schedule a free initial 15-minute telephone consultation and learn how a San Diego divorce mediation could work for you.
Our Lead San Diego Divorce Mediator
Shawn Weber is our Lead San Diego Divorce Mediator. Because Shawn has a profound gift to understand what is happening in your personal situation, he is uniquely skilled at helping people find pathways to settlement. For Shawn, it is more than just a legal process; it’s a human experience.
A fixture in the San Diego divorce mediation arena for nearly two decades, Shawn is also highly qualified. As a co-founder of Family Resolution Institute, he trains other mediators from around the country in the art and skill of divorce mediation. Certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Shawn also has the legal know how to help with complex money issues and tough parenting questions. Read More: Five questions to ask when hiring a divorce mediator.
San Diego Divorce Mediation Not Quite Right?
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