Divorce Mediation

Divorce Mediation: Navigating the Choppy Waters of Divorce

Divorce can be an emotionally turbulent and expensive process. It can leave you feeling like you’re caught in a never-ending storm, with no end in sight. But there is a way to navigate the choppy waters of divorce with a little less turbulence: divorce mediation.

I have been mediating divorces in San Diego, California, since 2008. I’ve seen firsthand how divorce mediation can help couples part ways in a more peaceful, respectful, and cost-effective manner. Mediation is a far superior process than traditional litigation when families are involved. Here’s what you need to know about divorce mediation:

What is divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation is a process where a neutral third-party (that’s me!) helps couples communicate, negotiate, and find common ground on the issues that need to be resolved in their divorce. The mediator does not make decisions for the couple, but rather provides legal information and facilitates productive discussions between them.

What is the purpose of divorce mediation?

The purpose of divorce mediation is to help couples part ways in a more peaceful, respectful, and cost-effective manner than traditional litigation. It gives couples more control over the outcome and a chance to move forward with their lives in a positive direction. Plus, it can be much less expensive than going to court.

How does divorce mediation work?

During divorce mediation, the mediator meets with the couple to discuss their issues and concerns. The mediator helps the couple communicate effectively and find solutions that work for both parties. The couple works together to make decisions about their property, finances, and any children they have together. Once the couple has reached an agreement, the mediator helps them prepare the necessary paperwork to finalize the divorce.

What are the benefits of divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation has many benefits, including, but not limited to the following:

Control over the outcome

In mediation, the couple makes the decisions, not a judge.

More cost-effective

Mediation is much less expensive than traditional litigation. Mediation is not a “cheap” alternative, as the saying goes – you get what you pay for. The value provided through mediation will far outweigh the cost you will pay.

Less time-consuming:

Mediation can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, while litigation can, and often does, take years.

Improved communication

Mediation can help couples communicate better and find common ground. The tools learned in mediation will help the couple far beyond their mediation. This can be especially important for couples with children, as they continue to rebuild a co-parenting relationship.

More peaceful

Mediation is a much more peaceful process than traditional litigation. We work very hard to ensure you feel comfortable and safe throughout the process.

Less stressful for children

Mediation can be less stressful for children, as they see their parents working together to resolve their issues. It is true that a divorce itself is not what hurts the children, but rather, the way the divorce is handled. If the parties work together to keep the children insulated from the negative moments of their divorce, the children can get through the process in a healthy manner.

If you’re going through a divorce, consider divorce mediation as an option. It can help you navigate the choppy waters of divorce with a little less turbulence and set you on a course towards a brighter future.