About the Mediation Process in California
Mediation Session 1
Your mediator will collect the financial disclosure documents to make sure everything is in order. Remember, since you are in mediation, these forms will remain confidential. The mediator will then begin walking you through the mediation appointment by starting a productive and respectful discussion about your divorce settlement.
Remaining Mediation Sessions
Depending on how complicated your case is, you may attend up to six mediation appointments. If your case is simple, it can be resolved in as little as one mediation appointment. The number of mediations required will be assessed during your initial consultation.
During these meetings, your ADS mediator will help you resolve issues, including:
- Child support
- Child custody
- Asset division
- Debt division
- Spousal support
- Other matters that are important to you
Your mediator will guide you through these discussions in a respectful and efficient manner and will make sure you are well informed before you make these important decisions.
At Alternative Divorce Solutions, we pride ourselves in efficiency. After your final mediation appointment, we present you with a draft of your Stipulated Judgment (Agreement) via e-mail within 7-10 business days. Then, you and your spouse can take your time to review the Agreement to make sure you feel comfortable and happy with what you have agreed to.
As long as you and your spouse agree, your mediator can edit the Agreement so it reflects both of your intentions.
Final Document Signing & Notarization
After you and your spouse are comfortable with the draft, our team will prepare the final documents that will accompany your Agreement for filing with the court. Then, you can come to our office for your notary appointment. Our Notary Public will walk you through all of the necessary signatures in the privacy of our office.
Receive Final Divorce Documents in the Mail
After we have filed all of your legal documents with the court, we will place them in the mail to you in a neat and organized packet. We will also provide you with a final letter that thanks you for choosing mediation. You can keep this packet for proof of your divorce.
We Will Always be Your Team!
After your mediation process is complete, you can always contact our team for support. We have an expansive network of professionals such as financial experts, accountants, counselors, and estate planning attorneys who can help you along your journey.