A divorce can be a very stressful event that creates many life changes and uncomfortable circumstances for all parties involved. It can be emotionally draining to discuss the division of property, child custody, and other legal issues involved. Sometimes, spouses believe it is easier and better to hire an attorney and negotiate their divorce agreements in court. However, court-supervised divorce litigation has many downsides. Not only does your divorce become a matter of public record, but the drawn-out hearings and procedures can add unnecessary expenses that turn your divorce into a costly matter. Most importantly, neither spouse is guaranteed to get a fair arrangement; the judge makes the legal decisions on the terms of your divorce agreements.
Take Control of Your Divorce with Mediation
Mediation is a useful alternative to traditional divorce methods. In divorce mediation, spouses meet with a neutral third party, known as a divorce mediator, who helps facilitate open communication between the spouses. While the mediator cannot make legal decisions for either spouse, he or she is able to help them better understand their individual needs and find amicable solutions to disputes.
Mediation has many advantages in divorce negotiations, such as:
- No public record of divorce procedures and arrangements
- Control of the process is maintained by the spouses
- Retaining an attorney for advice is optional
- Opportunities for improving communication
- Potential to avoid future conflicts and legal issues
Using mediation can limit court involvement and minimize the need for a lawyer. With a mediator guiding cooperative spouses, agreements can be arranged without needing to take legal action. In addition, either spouse is able to stop participating in the process if they feel it the mediation is not effectively meeting their needs.
Mediation for Many Types of Marital Agreements
Mediation is a flexible process that can be used in a number of different situations. Though it is commonly used for couples involved in divorce negotiations, mediation can be put to use in resolving most legal procedures concerning marital agreements. When an arrangement must be made concerning shared property, mediation provides legal guidance while potentially minimizing the hassle and expense involved with going to court.
Spouses can use mediation for several marital arrangements, including:
- Pre-nuptial agreements
- Separation agreements
- High net worth divorces
- Property division
- Custody and visitation
Explore Your Options with Kevin B. Gibbs, APLC
Whether you are facing divorce or confronting other marital negotiations, the outcome of a negotiation can have lasting effects on all parties involved. Before you make a decision, you may want to explore all of the options available to you. Consider hiring a mediator to help you and your spouse look after your best interests while finding mutual compromises and obtain solutions that satisfy everyone's needs.
As an Orange County mediation lawyer, I have the skills and knowledge couples can use to arrive at favorable resolutions. I have more than 25 years of experience as a divorce attorney dedicated to serving men and women facing complex family law issues. As a Southern California board-certified family law specialist, I possess exceptional legal ability that may help you resolve your marital disputes through mediation.
Schedule a free case evaluation with Kevin B. Gibbs, APLC today!
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