How To Resolve A California Divorce Through Mediation
Many couples in California facing divorce or separation look for an alternative to the traditional litigation process. Mediation is a great way to minimize the time, cost and stress involved with a courtroom divorce.
At John T. Chamberlin, Attorney at Law, I have more than 30 years of experience with divorce, dissolution and separation. I have found that mediation provides tremendous benefit for those who want to divorce without the court process. I represent clients in divorce mediation in Pleasanton, California, and throughout Alameda County.
Mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods can be used to resolve issues like child custody, child support, alimony and other matters in a manner that is:
- Amicable: Rather than both parties attacking each other in the courtroom, mediation fosters an environment of collaboration and working together to reach the best outcome possible for everyone.
- Private: Through mediation, couples can avoid airing their dirty laundry in front of everyone in the courtroom. This is especially important if the separating couple has children. Seeing parents fight it out in a divorce can be extremely tragic for a child, and mediation is a great way to protect your children from this trauma.
- Safe: One of the most important aspects of mediation is that both divorcing parties are encouraged to be as open and collaborative as possible. This openness is fostered by the fact that the specifics discussed in mediation cannot be used in the courtroom.
- Effective: In mediation, the parties have much more control over the process, as well as the ability to find creative solutions to the issues in dispute. Rather than having a judge make a determination that may or may not work for a couple, mediation participants are able to come up with a divorce agreement that is personally tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.
I can serve as a neutral mediator to facilitate your mediation or represent your interests as your lawyer in the mediation process.