Ultimately, no one knows your marriage better than you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse, so leaving complex decisions involving your divorce up to a judge can feel like a losing situation for both of you. Mediation is faster, more comprehensive, easier to manage, and only costs as much as you need to reach agreeable terms for your divorce.
Once you and your spouse have negotiated your divorce through mediation, the agreement you have developed will then pass to the family court system for final review and approval. As long as there are no glaring issues with the agreement you and your spouse have developed, a judge should grant the divorce with the stipulations you have agreed upon.
A divorce mediator is typically a court-appointed or third-party attorney who acts as the neutral overseer for your divorce negotiations. Meetings with a mediator may take place at the mediator’s office or another mutually agreeable location. The mediator’s utmost responsibility is to maintain impartiality and to guide the discussion in constructive ways.
Your mediator should be able to answer any questions you might have about the divorce mediation process succinctly. The mediator should help you and your spouse negotiate the various aspects of your divorce as they apply to California state law. For example, if you and your spouse must develop a child custody agreement and parenting plan for your children, the mediator can help you address any potential issues with your proposed plan. This can increase the chances of it securing approval from a judge in finalizing your divorce.
It’s important to remember that a mediator may not show favoritism to one spouse over the other. If, during your mediation sessions, it seems as though the mediator is skewing in favor of your spouse, raise your concerns. There could be legal statutes that apply to your situation of which you are unaware, and the mediator can clarify these issues so you can understand the process more fully.
Divorce mediation ultimately provides a faster, less expensive, and less stressful way to settle your divorce as amicably as possible. Even couples divorcing for personal reasons with deep-seated emotional issues can take advantage of divorce mediation with the right legal representation. While it may be hard to imagine civilized negotiation with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, approaching divorce mediation with reliable legal representation and a firm understanding of the process can help you reach a divorce decree much more quickly than you might expect.
The Law Office of Dorie A. Rogers is available to help if you are interested in taking advantage of the benefits of divorce mediation in Orange County. To learn more about divorce mediation, please contact The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, at 714-602-1492 to schedule a consultation.