Divorce mediation is a process by which a couple meets with a neutral mediator instead of each hiring their attorneys. Mediation is much more affordable than litigation, about 1/8th of the cost, to be exact. Further, mediation can reduce stress surrounding your divorce, create a smoother family transition for your children when compared to traditional divorce litigation. Are you looking for information about divorce mediation in San Diego? We are happy to help.
What Exactly is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation is a process by which a couple works together with a mediator to navigate through the issues and court paperwork surrounding divorce. The mediator leads the conversation to avoid conflict while ensuring that you and your spouse are fully informed throughout the whole process. Throughout each mediation session, you will discuss dividing your assets, financial issues, child custody and visitation, alimony, and more. Everything you do or say in the mediation room is 100% confidential. The experienced mediators at SDFMC will file all of the same legal documents that the court requires. This includes creating a comprehensive Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA), which becomes your final divorce judgment. This document is fully enforceable in the court. You will never have to step foot into a courtroom. Everything can be done through our office.
What Are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation?
There are many benefits of choosing divorce mediation over litigation. In litigation, couples are forced to communicate through attorneys instead of directly speaking to each other. This leads to misunderstandings, frustration, and very high legal bills. A mediator is trained to help couples avoid conflict and create mutually beneficial solutions. A divorce mediator understands that aside from the significant legal ramifications that go along with divorce, the process includes emotional implications as well. While a mediator is not going to re-hash the past in mediation, they will discuss the future emotional toll the divorce will have on you and your family. This is especially true when there are children involved. The goal of divorce mediation in San Diego is to create a final agreement that encourages cooperation and respect between both parties.
We also offer online divorce mediation options. All you need is a computer or phone with Internet access. Our mediators can navigate you through the divorce process, without you ever having to leave your home. This can be an excellent service for those who have filed for divorce in San Diego but often travel out of the city.
What Is the Mediation Process Like?
If you are thinking about divorce mediation in San Diego, it is essential to know what to expect. While our mediators tailor the content, length, and quantity of mediation sessions needed based on the specifics of each person’s case, you can expect to discuss the following:
- Necessary information regarding you and your current spouse.
- Your financial information, such as bank statements, retirement, savings, stocks, bonds, etc.
- Tax filing, deductions, and credits
- Child custody and visitation schedules
- Spousal support
- Communication methods between you and your spouse
If you would like more information regarding divorce mediation in San Diego, contact SDFMC today at (858) 736-2411. Our experienced mediators are happy to assist you.