Bakersfield Divorce Mediation Attorneys
Searching for an Amicable Outcome in Your Case
Dealing with a divorce is never easy. Fortunately, if you don't find the prospect of expensive, drawn-out courtroom battles attractive, you have options. Mediating your divorce can enable you to seek a more amicable resolution that simultaneously allows you to obtain an optimal outcome in your divorce.
At Alternative Divorce Solutions, our Bakersfield divorce mediation lawyers work closely with Californians, helping clients leverage mediation to find the best path forward in their divorces.
How Does Divorce Mediation Work?
Mediation is perhaps the most popular form of alternate dispute resolution (ADR), and it's not hard to see why. Mediation enables parties to actively pursue their best interests while simultaneously reducing the stress and expense of finalizing a dispute in court.
During mediation, both parties work with a neutral third party, the mediator, to negotiate equitable terms for their divorce.
Mediations can occur over one or multiple meetings, depending on the complexity of the case. For example, during a high-asset divorce where valuable assets are on the line or in a divorce that involves children, multiple sessions may be necessary to negotiate a fair outcome. However, if parties don't share children and agree on how to distribute their property, they may not need more than a single mediation session.
Parties can utilize mediation to reach an agreement on:
Mediators cannot offer legal advice to parties. To obtain counsel during mediation, you need to hire your own mediation attorney.
Once both parties negotiate terms for their divorce that they concur are equitable, they can work with their attorneys and the mediator to draft an agreement. If a judge assesses and approves of the agreement they'll sign it, finalizing the divorce.
Why Should I Use Mediation to Resolve My Divorce?
Utilizing mediation has a multitude of benefits:
- You maintain control of the case. You don't have to worry about the outcome of your divorce falling into the hands of a judge who may not understand your needs or interests.
- You save time and money. Mediating a divorce is typically significantly less expensive than litigating one in court, and the process usually wraps up much faster.
- You collaborate to achieve an equitable outcome. The collaborative nature of mediation often makes it more amicable than attempting to litigate a divorce in court, enabling you to maintain a better relationship with your spouse post-divorce.
At Alternative Divorce Solutions, our Bakersfield mediation attorneys help Californians utilize mediation to pursue ideal outcomes during legal disputes.
“Thank you for all your knowledge, conscientiousness, and kindness.”- Beverly
“First and foremost, I found that I had a lot to learn about the divorce mediation process. I did not exactly know what the role of the mediator was or if we would still have to go to Court.”- Donald B.
“I was so stressed out before I went to ADS. Once I got there Lani sat with me and my husband and explained the whole mediation process. After I left I knew exactly what to expect and ADS lived up to my expectations.”- Giz S.