If you and your spouse are divorcing then you are likely interested in finding the best option. To get advice about your unique situation, we recommend that you contact Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell at (909) 920-0908 for a free consultation. Otherwise, read on to learn more about divorce mediation and who it’s best suited for.
The benefits of divorce mediation
There are many benefits to choosing divorce mediation, if it makes sense for your situation, in many cases, it’s much faster than going through a divorce. You don’t have to wait for your case to get through the complicated progression it will go through if you choose divorce litigation. You have more control because you can get to the settlements on your own schedule.
When you choose divorce mediation you’re also likely to pay much less in legal costs. There’s generally less conflict, which can be especially helpful if there are children involved. When you choose the non-confrontational option to resolve your issues, mediation can be just what you need to set a respectful stage for useful conversations.
We’ve also found that people are more likely to comply with an agreement if it came by way of mediation, rather than a court order. You can also structure your divorce agreement essentially any way you and your spouse agree on. As a result, you can put in extra perks that courts may not be able to enforce. For example, you can put in agreements about future college expenses, or expenses for an adult dependent child.
Divorce mediation isn’t the right choice for everyone
Divorce mediation comes by another name: Collaborative divorce. As the name implies, both partners must be able to collaborate. You must trust your spouse and you must both be willing to cooperate with one another or the mediation won’t be successful. It’s true that the mediator will be there to try and keep the conversation balanced, but that’s not going to work if couples are bitter, angry, and argumentative.
In any case that involves domestic violence, abuse, or where one partner has much more money or education, one partner may not want to defend themselves via mediation. In that instance, their attorney would likely suggest they move forward with litigation.
Call today to find out if collaborative divorce makes sense for you
Before deciding if collaborative divorce is the right choice for your situation, get a free legal opinion. Reach out to Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell at (909) 920-0908 to set it up. We can look at your situation, assess the pros and cons, and offer you our experienced advice and insight into the options and the process. In the event you decide to move forward with mediation and it doesn’t work out, you’ll already have a relationship with a California divorce attorney who can help.
Divorce is rarely easy and it’s never fun. By having the right professionals on your side, you’ll gain the peace of mind that you’re handling the situation as well as you possibly can.