Why Consider Mediation?
Too often, people find themselves regretting the terms of their divorce, saddled with financial terms and custody arrangements that seem punitive rather than fair. Mediation is a cost-effective, relatively uncomplicated way to settle family law disputes that leaves the control in your hands.
At the Law Offices of John A. Guthrie, our lawyers assist parties in finding common ground to reach a mutually agreeable resolution. We have offices located in Pleasanton and Danville to serve families across Alameda County. As attorneys who facilitate the mediation process, we do not represent any one party or side; rather, we focus our attention on important financial and legal issues that affect both parties.
We can help you reach an agreement that avoids lengthy, contentious litigation and further emotional stress. Call 925-271-4342 to learn more about our mediation services.
Why Family Law And Divorce Mediation Makes Sense
When a divorce, custody dispute or other family law issue goes through litigation, the process to collect the evidence and present the case to a judge takes time and substantial dollars. As a result, it’s not uncommon for child custody battles and disputes over the division of property to turn angry and contentious. And because a judge must take a number of issues into consideration, as well as the best interest of any children involved, he or she may impose terms neither party finds appealing.
When parties enter into mediation, however, they exercise much greater control over the final outcome of their case. While a court must approve the final terms agreed to, both parties are in a much better position to negotiate a settlement they find acceptable.
This is especially important when dividing marital property. For example, a husband may agree to sign over his equity in the couples’ home in exchange for the complete value of his pension fund. Likewise, custody arrangements and visitation schedules can be customized to reflect the preferences of both parents and their children.
Getting Started — Family Law Mediation And How We Can Help You
Effective mediation begins with proper preparation and an understanding of the goals to be achieved. Our lawyers explain what sorts of financial information should be provided while preparing a list of goals to be achieved. Since emotions can often interfere with mediation, our attorneys are especially diligent in keeping clients on focus.