If you and your spouse decide to divorce, there are multiple ways to go about it. For some, there are times when all matters become contentious and the couple will need assistance from a family court. Other times, a couple may have the option of going to mediation.
Mediation allows you to take advantage of numerous benefits, such as:
- Usually faster than court
- Saves money
- You stay in control of your case rather than leaving it up to a judge
- Keeps things amicable
To learn more about your mediation options, call us in Murrieta at 951-894-8440 or contact us via email to schedule a free consultation.
When Is Mediation Appropriate?
Mediation is the perfect alternative for spouses who are on reasonably good terms and want to work together to come up with the best agreement possible. The mediation process usually goes something like this: the two parties sit together, discuss the terms of all potentially contentious matters, and come up with a set arrangement before taking it to the family court judge to be approved.
Founding attorney Andrew L. Westover is a Certified Family Law Specialist, having been certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. This distinction helps ensure that our clients are in an optimal position to negotiate, even in difficult cases where emotions run high.
What Happens During Mediation?
During mediation, a neutral third party — the mediator — will help both sides work together to reach the best possible resolution. This mediator doesn’t act as a lawyer and doesn’t take sides in a matter; rather, the mediator works to make sure things stay amicable and the couples discuss the situation in a reasonably friendly matter.
If things become contentious during mediation, the case may need to go to trial. Each spouse can make offers or counter-offers regarding important issues such as child custody, child support, alimony and property division to reach a settlement.
Contact Us Today
At Westover Law Group, we are passionate about helping individuals and families get through difficult family law matters. We believe that preparation is the key to helping clients move forward in the most favorable manner possible. If you are considering a low-conflict solution like mediation, call us at 951-894-8440 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.