Mediation / Collaborative Divorce
The value of mediation and collaborative divorce is more than just saving time and money. Mediation also allows you to determine the specific details of your own divorce agreement, rather than a judge. Do not think that you are getting everything you want just because you go to trial, or that you are not going to get what you want if you do not go to trial. This is false. Divorce mediation and collaborative law actually allow for more freedom and flexibility as to the final divorce agreement.
At Cullen & Murphy, we believe that a collaborative divorce usually best protects a family’s interests. Collaborative divorce is where parties and attorneys from both sides agree to work together on coming to a working resolution, rather than seeking litigation. While the firm’s divorce attorneys do not hesitate to aggressively litigate at trial, we see the value in collaborative divorce and mediation.
A collaborative divorce is when attorneys and parties from both sides agree to cooperate and work together in resolving any issues by signing an agreement stating the case will not go to trial. If the parties ultimately are not able to adhere to this agreement, attorneys from both sides can no longer be part of the divorce. However, a successful collaborative divorce can mean reaching an agreement that works for all parties involved. Sometimes parties enlist the help of divorce coaches and family therapists to help work out any disputes.
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) method where parties use a third-party neutral mediator to help resolve their issues. Mediation is generally nonbinding, which means parties can continue on to litigation if necessary. Mediation is completely confidential, and any details that arise during a mediation cannot be brought up in trial. The benefit of mediation and also collaborative divorce is the money and time-saving potential both methods have as well as placing the ultimate outcome of a divorce in the hands of the parties.
Contact Our Collaborative Divorce Lawyers In San Bernardino
For more information about divorce mediation and collaborative law, we invite you to contact our California family law firm today. We offer initial and confidential consultations. Call 951-824-6449 to discuss your situation with one of our knowledgeable divorce mediation lawyers in Riverside, California. We have a second law office in Temecula.