In mediation, a couple works with a third person, whose job is to facilitate a settlement and educate the couple about the law. The mediator does not represent either person. Since mediation is cooperative, it can help reduce the stress and anxiety that so often accompany the end of a marriage. If there are children involved, the cooperative nature of mediation can provide them the much-needed security of parents who are working together. The cooperative nature of the process can also substantially reduce the cost. Mediation can work, regardless of the size of the couple’s estate or the initial level of hostility.
In a traditional, litigated divorce, the lawyer represents a single client. If discussions with the other spouse’s lawyer are fruitful, the couple may settle their case without going to court. If discussions do not lead to agreements acceptable to both, or if the couple’s level of hostility prevents compromise, one or both may decide to take the matter to court and have a judge decide. The judge may be asked to decide one or more issues.
Experience is Key
Whether you decide to use mediation or litigation, you need an experienced family law attorney to conduct the process and guide you through. Based in West Los Angeles, I serve clients throughout Southern California.