Los Angeles’ Choice for Mediation Services
The Law Offices of Robert J. Nachshin offer alternative options to traditional litigation representation, such as divorce mediation and other mediation services. These options are provided to help make the divorce process as painless as possible for our clients, as traditional litigation can become costly and inefficient. Our team of experienced attorneys has over 40 years of experience in family law and have been recognized as family law specialists. Allow our expert attorneys to provide valuable insight and knowledge into the complexities of divorce mediation and collaborative divorce.
Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce
The two alternate processes to standard litigation—divorce mediation and collaborative divorce—are quite similar in that they both seek to resolve the dissolution of marriage privately, outside the courtroom on their own terms, and in an expeditious and cost-effective manner. It enables the parties to have complete control of the outcome rather than turning all decisions over to the court. The final resolution requires the mutual agreement of the parties and is completely customized to the unique needs of the parties and their family. Therefore, presumably the terms of the divorce settlement through divorce mediation or collaborative divorce are fair and equitable.
Both alternative processes enable the parties to finalize their divorce much faster than they would if they were subject to the availability of the court. Mediation Divorce is generally known to be the faster of the two, but it all depends on the circumstances and the parties’ willingness to cooperate with one another. Mediation Divorce focuses on resolving the legal issues in the most expedient fashion and typically results in more of a “bare-boned” divorce settlement. The parties that are best suited for mediation will need to be quite amicable towards one another. They likely do not have significant assets and debt involved. Collaborative divorce is best suited for those that have more complex issues— financial or emotional—to overcome, but both parties still wish to avoid litigation.
If you feel that mediation divorce or collaborative divorce may be a viable solution for you and your family, the Law Offices of Robert J. Nachshin will represent you with the utmost professionalism and expertise. Contact us today to learn more about the various options and services available to you.
Divorce mediation involves a third-party neutral mediator who sits with the parties and attempts to resolve all issues and financial matters that are standard to every divorce. Here, lawyers play a very limited role in the process, if at all, and usually only as an advisor of the applicable laws and the rights of the party.
Collaborative divorce is more of a hybrid between a traditional-litigated divorce and divorce mediation. Here, each party would hire his or her own collaborative attorney to represent their best interest and negotiate on their behalf. However, as opposed to adversarial approach to negotiations typical of a traditional divorce, collaborative family law attorneys are committed to using cooperative techniques to negotiate the various divorce issues. Several meetings take place between the parties and their counsel along with other outside professionals as needed, such as a forensic accountant, financial advisor, child specialists, mental health coaches, and a mediator.
Divorce Attorney’s Involvement
Lawyers are not typically included in mediation sessions but may advise their clients outside of the meetings. In the event that the mediation fails, they are able to continue to represent their clients through a traditional court divorce. Collaborative lawyers attend all negotiation sessions and take a much more proactive role in the process then the role of a mediation advocate. However, if the collaborative divorce process is abandoned, they must withdraw as the attorneys and the parties will have to hire different lawyers to handle a traditional divorce.
Contact our expert team today for any and all collaborative law and mediation needs.