If you’re divorcing a spouse or separating from a partner in California, you may have to address such issues as property division, alimony, and more. There’s a good chance you won’t always agree on exactly how to address these issues.
If necessary, the court can make orders for you. However, before leaving it to the court to make decisions about who gets the kids or who deserves alimony, it’s sometimes prudent to give mediation an honest try. At the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, a Westlake Village mediation attorney can help you navigate this process.
When two parties are involved in a legal dispute and struggle to come to a mutually acceptable resolution on their own, a neutral third party may need to facilitate productive discussions. This third party is a mediator.
Family law mediation cases specifically tend to involve two parties addressing the types of issues that may be cause for argument during a divorce or legal separation. Examples include child custody, child support, and related topics.
A mediator can facilitate communication and negotiation between two spouses getting a divorce and help them to identify common ground and areas of agreement. Mediation is voluntary, confidential, and non-binding. Additionally, the parties involved in mediation retain control over its outcome. This isn’t the case when a California family law court gets involved.
Mediation offers several advantages over going to court when you and your spouse can’t agree on various issues that may come up in a divorce. They include:
Again, the role of a Westlake Village family law mediator involves helping you and your spouse or partner resolve certain disagreements that you might need to address before you can finalize a divorce or separation. They serve this purpose by:
Yes, divorcing a spouse or legally separating from a partner can be a complex experience. Disputes are to be expected. However, your divorce or separation doesn’t necessarily need to be as painful as you might assume. With the assistance of a qualified Westlake Village mediation attorney, you can resolve your disputes in a non-litigious manner. For more information about how we at the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi can assist, contact us online or call us at 805-379-4550.