What is Divorce Mediation?
Divorcing couples don’t always want to put the future of their family in the hands of a judge. Yet, there are so many issues that the two parties should agree on, like dividing assets, alimony, child support, and child custody. Most couples are not able to arrive at mutually satisfactory settlement terms. Here’s where you need a third party to negotiate the terms of a divorce settlement agreement.
At the Law Office of Alan Mikshansky, we prioritize divorce mediation where possible because it’s cost-effective, expeditious, and less conflictual. In his extensive work as a Sacramento divorce mediation lawyer, Alan Mikshansky has the necessary experience to guide you through this voluntary settlement process and draw up a successful negotiation strategy when the other party is willing to come to a reasonable and equitable solution.
As a Sacramento divorce mediation lawyer, Alan Mikshansky can advise you when to pursue mediation and when voluntary settlement is not an option. If litigation is the right course, Alan Mikshansky will aggressively represent you in court.
Understanding Divorce Mediation in California
Divorce mediation is a private, informal way to reach a divorce settlement that avoids divorce litigation. Such a non-adversarial settlement between parties, which is the product of mutual compromises by the parties who seek amicable resolutions, can achieve significant benefits, including avoiding lengthy litigation, lowering expenses, and maintaining confidentiality about the intimate details of your lives.
During divorce mediation, the parties negotiate their own settlement agreement for the divorce. You will need to reach an understanding with the other party on issues such as:
- the division of assets and debts
- the ownership of the family home
- spousal support (alimony) and child support
- child custody and visitation
Mediation involves several stages. Typically, you start by meeting with Alan Mikshansky for an initial consultation to discuss your divorce mediation goals for the agreement. He will gather information and develop a strategy for achieving these goals and protecting your rights while identifying areas in which compromise is possible. Alan Mikshansky will structure the agreement in a cooperative and amicable manner and work with the other party to reach a final resolution.
When the mediation has addressed all of your concerns, Alan Mikshansky and the other party’s attorney will draft a settlement agreement. This document will be sent to the court for approval and will hold the right of law.
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The Advantages of Divorce Mediation
Working one-on-one with your spouse means that you will not involve a court in the decisions that will affect your property, finances, and relationship with your children. In general, this provides you with greater flexibility in creating an agreement suited to your needs and best outcomes. When a court becomes involved, you face a greater risk that decisions will not fall in your favor.
Litigation is significantly more costly than mediation. Many people who begin their case in the courtroom return to mediation because they recognize the mounting expense as well as the time away from work and other problems it can cause.
The litigation process can last months, and this time increases with every battle that attorneys and clients wage in the courtroom. Divorce mediation between two willing parties can resolve these concerns in a fraction of the time.
When a judge makes decisions, attorneys must demonstrate why their client is in the right and the other party is in the wrong. You face the possibility of destroying your relationship with your spouse and potentially harming your relationship with your children when litigation becomes acrimonious and hurtful. Divorce mediation helps you avoid burning your bridges and empowers families.
California Divorce Mediation Attorney
If you are considering a divorce and need to know what to expect, learn about mediation, its advantages, and how the Law Office of Alan Mikshansky can guide you through the process, contact us to discuss the specifics of your case.
When mediation is possible, it is almost always a more desirable and advantageous option than litigation. However, if the positions of the two parties cannot be reconciled, Alan Mikshansky will aggressively represent you in court in a more traditional adversarial process to ensure that your rights are protected and your goals are reached.
The Law Office of Alan Mikshansky is certified in Family Law by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization.