For those who’ve gone through it, divorce is among the most stressful experiences life has to offer. The mix of legal complications and emotional pain can bring a tidal wave of fear and anxiety, not to mention the financial damage of legal fees. With the help of an Orange County divorce mediator, those fears can be addressed in a way that litigation doesn’t.
Discover how a trusted mediator can settle common fears associated with divorce, and contact us if mediation seems like the proper path for you.
Common Orange County Divorce Fears
1. Residency Concerns
You may be worried about where you’ll live post-divorce, and how those decisions will be made. Will one of you stay at the current home, or will both parties need to move into new residences? Do you have to sell the family home? We understand that these decisions, especially if you’re forced to leave a home you’re emotionally attached to, can bring on a wave of apprehension.
To weather these difficult discussions, an Orange County divorce mediator can steer residency conflicts towards workable solutions. Along with legal issues, a mediator can facilitate productive negotiations that result in a mutual benefit.
2. Financial Stress
When your family resources are split in half, there’s an obvious concern that there won’t be enough to go around. When you add the costly legal fees associated with litigation, we understand your financial fears. Thankfully, a trusted mediator can clear those fears.
Mediation establishes your marital agreement outside of court and within a much shorter time frame – rendering divorce mediation far less costly than litigation. Plus, without a judge delivering your divorce judgment, you’ll maintain more decision-making power than you would in litigation. While you’ll still sign a retainer agreement and pay upfront fees for mediation services, the tighter timeframe and fees for only one attorney, rather than two can add up to significant savings.
3. Custody Decisions
When parents divorce, many fears surface regarding the children. You’re likely wondering how custody will play out, how timesharing will be split, or how your childrens’ futures will be decided. Traditional litigation only exacerbates these fears. Mediation, on the other hand, addresses them directly.
An Orange County divorce mediator can clear the fog so that you know exactly what to expect. Parenting agreements will guide custody decisions and vacation time with your children, while agreeable visitation schedules can be drafted to fairly split your weekly time. Rather than risking a judge granting full custody to one parent, mediation offers a chance at shared custody. However, full custody may be necessary if one spouse isn’t deemed fit to parent.
Do You Need an Orange County Divorce Mediator?
Avoid the fears associated with divorce litigation by opting for a more collaborative route: mediation. 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.