Better Than Going To War
Better Than Going to War
Have you ever met anyone who was happy with their experience in family court? Many professionals who work with divorcing people believe that a court battle invariably makes a difficult situation worse, especially where children are involved.
MEDIATION gives divorcing spouses the freedom, with the help of a neutral person who is skilled in conflict resolution and solution-focused thinking, to create solutions that will work in the particular circumstances of their own family. But a mediator can give legal advice to neither individual and often, particularly when important decisions are made that will have long-term affect on the finances and children, a spouse wants both freedom to choose and the benefit of a legal advocate (the best of both worlds), someone on their side who knows the law and how it applies to their needs and objectives in the mediation process, and who can be trusted along the way listen and help evaluate settlement and strategy ideas.
A CONSULTING ATTORNEY during the process of mediation benefits everyone.
- A consulting attorney knows what you want and will be on your side through the mediation process.
- You stay out court but are enabled to know how the law will apply to the issues in your divorce,
- Have the opportunity to talk confidentially about how proposals meet your individual and family needs,
- Be prepared for the negotiations with your spouse during mediation sessions.
- Have assurance with a legal review of the final Marital Settlement Agreement before it’s a judgment of the Court.
The ”mediator-consulting attorneys-spouses” triad can offer several flexible avenues of settlement. To explore if this way is right for you and your spouse, contact Donna Smith for a confidential consultation.
Attorney and mediator, Nevada County, Placer County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County. Call for a confidential consultation 530.477.7172