The reality of divorce is painful enough – and when you add the lengthy process of litigation, it can feel unbearable. Ongoing hearings, public records, and a judge deciding your family’s future add to the stress.
Divorce mediation doesn’t just save you time and money. You’ll maintain the power of choice, alongside invaluable confidentiality. Discover how mediation can keep you out of the courtroom, and consult an Orange County divorce mediator to reach a peaceful settlement.
Divorce Mediation, Defined
Divorce mediation, as discussed in previous blogs, is a popular alternative to divorce. Rather than hiring two attorneys, only one professional is required for mediation. Mediators facilitate marital discussions, such as custody decisions and alimony arrangements, to help ex-spouses resolve conflicts and reach a peaceful settlement outside of the courtroom. This route is often less costly than litigation because there’s less need for attorneys, and the divorce finalizes faster since all agreements are reached out of court.
There’s a major benefit to mediation taking place out of court: a judge won’t get the final say. The only decision makers in divorce mediation are those involved in the dispute. On the other hand, arbitration and litigation require a judge whose verdict may not be mutually beneficial or desired by both sides.
Think of it as a trade-off; instead of delayed hearings, incessant courtroom appearances, and an undesirable settlement, your divorce will be finalized after a handful of joint meetings that last a few hours each. Most importantly, you’ll be able to participate in major decisions concerning your divorce. If you leave these marital decisions up to a judge, you effectively lose the power to negotiate some aspects of your divorce.
Stay Out of Court with an Orange County Divorce Mediator
An Orange County divorce mediator can help you confidentially settle your divorce while maintaining control over your family’s future. At the Law Offices of Jennifer Owens, we revel in the power of choice. When spouses face divorce, they’re presented with a slew of decisions with a handful of potential outcomes. Our attorneys are believers in the best possible outcome, where a former couple chooses peace over destruction, so that they can finally move onto their next chapter. No matter your desired path – mediation, a negotiated settlement, or even litigation – The Law Offices of Jennifer Owens will help you achieve the best possible outcome by reaching a settlement that keeps all involved parties in mind. Visit our website to review our family law services or contact us online for a free consultation.