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What Is Mediation and How Does It Work?

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California divorce lawyer, California family law attorneyIf you are in the middle of splitting up with your spouse, you may be searching for the best possible resolution options for yourself. Once you are certain that this is the end of your marriage but want to forgo a lengthy and expensive divorce proceeding in court, a viable option for you may be mediation. Mediation has many positive advantages and can be the right choice for you. 

What Is Mediation?

If you and your spouse are having difficulty agreeing to a property division, child support, visitation, or even spousal support/alimony, consider mediation. Understand that if you go in front of a judge, that judge must follow the law in making decisions. In mediation, the mediator will listen to both sides of the story and help to find a solution agreeable to both parties.  

The Positives of Mediation

Mediation provides the time and the opportunity for both parties to discuss their differences and explore the options to resolve them. Mediation may be the best option for you and your family because:

  • The mediator does not make the decision, you come to the agreement yourself or no agreement is made. You are not forced to agree to anything you do not want;
  • There is usually a great reduction in the amount of emotional trauma for everyone involved because you can set your own pace in order to come to an agreement;
  • Mediation saves time and money in court costs and fees;
  • Mediation is confidential, you do not have to discuss your private concerns in a public courtroom;
  • Mediation fosters cooperation and allows you to set a positive example for your children;
  • Mediation improves communication, which may be beneficial if there are children involved and you will need to communicate with the other parent on a regular basis; and
  • Mediation allows you to design your own solution. You are not forced to split property the way the law requires.  If you want specific items because of a sentimental reason, then you can give up more items that do not mean so much to you, rather than a 50/50 split.

If you are in the beginning or middle stages of separating from your spouse, but would like to save time and money on the process, you should consider mediation. Your mediator should be an experienced family law attorney who can explain the legal effect of the decisions you make in mediation. If you would like to speak to a Santa Clara, CA divorce mediation attorney, contact the Ventresca Law Firm. Benita Ventresca is an experienced family law attorney with specialized mediation training who has mediated many cases over her 35 years of professional practice. Call us today at 408-395-8822 for your free initial consultation.






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