Mediation

Mediation Attorneys in Riverside, CA

Keeping a Divorce Out of Court

If you and your spouse are contemplating a legal separation or have decided to get a divorce, a mediator could be immensely helpful for avoiding court intervention. In addition to helping you work out the logistics of a divorce, such as child custody, property division, and spousal support, our divorce attorneys can offer a template for effective and calm communication that is often used by our clients as a model in future interactions.

Choose a family law firm who has an expert on their team. Attorney Danica Hanich has been a Certified Family Law Specialist with the California Board of Legal Specialization for the past 14 years. As such, she is qualified as an expert in family law, an honor only shared by around 30 family lawyers in Riverside. Start your case today: request a free consultation!

Is divorce mediation right for me?

Mediation is not right for every couple. Each spouse has to be honest, open, and communicative. In situations where spouses plan on having regular contact after divorce, whether because of children or because they wish to remain amicable, a mediated divorce may be the best option. Mediation allows a couple to determine their own future. Unlike contested divorce, where a judge makes the decisions and the parties are legally bound to abide by the divorce settlement, in a mediated divorce the ex-spouses will agree on the terms of the divorce before signing an agreement.

The mediator does not make any of the decisions, but gives the information necessary and facilitates candid and effective communication. It is possible to bring in a specialist to help resolve complex custody or financial issues, such as in a high net worth divorce. A mediator can also be helpful when arranging modifications to existing agreements or court orders such as for child support or visitation.

Uncontested Divorce in California

There are financial benefits for choosing mediation rather than contested divorce. First of all, these cases take less time to resolve which means there are fewer attorney fees. Second of all, court fees can get expensive, especially since contested divorces typically last longer. By staying out of court, you can save a substantial sum of money. On average, cases that are handled by mediation are resolved in three months while those that go through the process of litigation can last six months or longer.

Contested divorces are often an emotionally draining process as well as financially draining. It may seem like an endless battle of opinions when you take your situation to court, but sometimes that may be the only option. It is important to understand that simply because you and your spouse don’t agree on all the issues, does not mean that your case must go to court. What uncontested divorce does require, however, is that you remain open to communication and compromise. You simply must evaluate what is more important: getting everything or keeping the peace.

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Ending a marriage is already difficult. Why complicate it even further with litigation? At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, our team of Riverside divorce lawyers is dedicated to helping couples through the divorce process with minimal stress and fighting. As experienced and skilled mediators, we can provide legal information and guidance to and your ex-spouse without advocating for either party.

Call our firm today at (951) 687-6003 to learn how we can help!