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Mediation in Divorce and Custody Disputes

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Mediation in Divorce and Custody Disputes

Attorney Bayan often uses mediation in divorce cases as the means to resolve issues of a divorce of child custody dispute.

Going through a divorce or custody dispute can be such an emotionally charged and overwhelming experience. The thought of litigation can add further stress. However, in California, there is a way to reach a resolution without going to court: mediation.

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that allows both parties to work with a neutral third-party mediator to come to a mutually agreed-upon solution. Mediation can help resolve issues in a divorce such as division of marital assets and debts, child custody and visitation, and spousal support in a more cooperative and cost-effective manner. Here is an overview of the benefits of mediation in divorce and custody disputes in California and how it can be an effective approach to resolving family law matters.

Attorney Bayan knows the value of mediation and will encourage using it as a means of working out differences and coming to an agreement.

The Mediation Process

Mediation is a process of dispute resolution that involves a third-party mediator who helps the disputing parties to negotiate a settlement that is agreeable to both sides. In the context of family law, mediation can be used to resolve a variety of disputes, including divorce and custody cases.

In California, mediation is often required in family law cases before a trial can proceed. The mediator facilitates communication between the parties and can assist with problem-solving, exploring options, and identifying areas of agreement.

Successful mediation can save time and money and can help the parties maintain more control over the outcome of their dispute than if a judge were to make a decision for them in court.

Role of the Mediator

The role of the mediator is crucial in resolving disputes such as divorce and custody battles. The mediator is an objective participant, not taking sides, so they are not caught up in emotions or arguments. Their role is to facilitate the negotiation process, ensure that both parties are heard, and suggest solutions that would resolve points of contention.

The mediator also helps the couple to come up with an agreement that is legally binding and enforceable, once filed and approved of by the court.  Their goal is to help the parties in conflict to come up with a satisfactory outcome and to avoid the stress, time, and financial cost of fighting it out in a court trial.

Schedule a Consultation With Redwood Divorce Lawyer, Bradley D. Bayan

Attorney Bayan uses a methodological approach to divorce to try to reach a formal resolution through mediation over going to trial. Most clients can see the value of mediation and want their divorce to go smoothly and be finalized as soon as possible. Contact the Law Offices of Bradley Bayan at (650) 364-3600 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your divorce. 

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