During a mediation session, the mediator will work directly with you and your spouse to help you arrive at resolutions for your family law matters that you can agree on. The process is generally much less formal than litigation, and it provides you greater control and flexibility when settling disputes. It also provides greater opportunity for you to resolve matters amicably. Most importantly, resolving issues quickly through mediation will likely prevent your children from becoming entangled in disputes that should only involve the two parents.
I am Ronald K. Stitch, an attorney and mediator in Westlake Village. I help people in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County and the surrounding areas come to agreements that work for them and their unique circumstances. Learn how I can help you by calling 818-237-4574.
Consider The Benefits Of Mediation
The benefits of mediation are clear:
- Cost savings: The goal of mediation is to help parties reach agreements so they can avoid litigation. Protracted litigation can result in significant legal fees. Mediation can provide a more affordable solution to traditional divorce litigation in most cases.
- More power and control: In traditional divorce litigation, the parties let their attorneys take charge, often losing control over how the process proceeds. Once cases go before a judge, spouses lose all control over the issues that significantly impact their lives, including property division, child custody and spousal support.
- A more amicable divorce: When parties meet with a mediator, they do so with the goal of resolving their disputes. An experienced mediator can help spouses work out their differences and work toward a resolution they can both accept.
- Better for children: Children are often caught in the middle when parents get involved in protracted custody battles. Rather than fighting it out in court, mediation enables parents to reach an agreement and avoid unnecessary acrimony. Reaching an agreement each parent can accept is the first step to effective co-parenting after a divorce.
- A brighter future: Lengthy litigation — especially when it involves heated custody battles — creates resentment. Such resentment often fuels continued feuds that lead to future legal entanglements. People who mediate have an active say in the outcome of their cases and are less likely to get tangled in a revolving door of litigation.
However, like litigation, a successful mediation depends on your specific circumstances. While settling certain issues is relatively easy, contentious disputes involving divorce and child custody can require time and effort to resolve. This is particularly true when one party has more power in the relationship or a child's safety is at risk.
Let's Discuss Which Approach Is Best For Your Unique Circumstances
Shape your future. Consider mediation as an alternative to the traditional divorce litigation process. I tailor my approach to the unique circumstances of the case before me. To learn whether mediation is right for you, please call me at 818-237-4574 or send us an email. We can discuss how I can help you as your mediator or lawyer during a free initial consultation at my Westlake Village, California, law office.