Mediation in Los Angeles Divorce Cases
Mediation is a method to resolve a dispute between two or more parties. In divorce, mediation can be used as an excellent tool to resolve all issues that may be at stake between spouses, including child custody, child support, alimony or spousal support, and property division.
The goal of mediation is to resolve issues between divorcing spouses so that they are able to reach a “marital settlement agreement” resolving all issues. That agreement is then filed with the Los Angeles Family Court, and thus avoids costly and time-consuming litigation.
The role of a mediator in a Los Angeles divorce case is to act as a neutral. The mediator does not represent either party, and recommends that each party retain their own attorney for legal advice.
The mediation process with our experienced Los Angeles divorce mediators begins with a phone call or email to our office. We will gather some information and send both parties the documents we need to get started as mediators to the divorce matter.
Mediation may take as little as one meeting, or more, depending on the availability of the parties, completeness of financial disclosures, complexity of the issues involved, and so on. We pride ourselves on creating a value for our mediation clients by efficiently getting the information we need and proactively working towards resolution of issues where parties don’t agree (or don’t even know exist).
Once agreements are reached, our office prepares the documents necessary to file the agreement and dissolution documents with the court. We are involved every step of the way to ensure the process is done correctly.
When Divorce Mediation is Appropriate
It does not matter what stage parties are involved in their divorce – mediation is always appropriate. Ideally, parties may wish to hire a neutral mediator before a divorce case is filed by either party. However, that does not have to be the case. Parties often hire our firm to serve as a neutral mediator even though they are deeply entrenched in Los Angeles divorce litigation. We are used to serving as mediator in highly contentious divorce matters even where each party has their own attorney.
Role of the Parties in Los Angeles Divorce Mediation
We ask parties to divorce mediation to be available and cooperative, and to timely complete documents requested by the mediator. This helps for a smooth and efficient mediation process, and a quick resolution of the case.
Our firm also provides online mediation services so that spouses do not have to go to our office locations to conduct the mediation. Please visit www.mediatedivorceonline.com.