Divorce mediation is an alternative to litigation where a skilled and trained professional assist you and your spouse or partner to dissolve the marriage and negotiate on how you’ll settle important issues like child-related matters, real estate property, financial assets. At Viola Law, our goal as your divorce mediator is to guide you through the process in a collaborative and amicable way.
The Advantages Over Divorce Litigation
There are many benefits to using a divorce mediator. Divorce mediation provides these advantages:
- Retain full control over the outcome.
- Less stress as conflict is managed by a skilled neutral party (the mediator). They are trained to uncover the reasons behind disagreements and provide a framework to guide everyone to an amicable and fair resolution.
- Maintain confidentiality as all discussions cannot be disclosed to others.
- Faster resolution as divorce mediation is more efficient than traditional divorce proceedings. The mediator will help you navigate each other’s preferences and negotiation requests.
- Improve communication between spouses and helping avoid future conflicts.
How Divorce Mediation Works
- Starts with a phone call. At this stage you provide background information about your marriage, family, and what the issues are.
- The initial meeting — held in our comfortable conference room — where the divorce mediator will explain how the process will proceed based upon your family’s needs.
- Additional meeting(s) to discuss your situation, what you’re looking for, document any agreements already made, and talk about issues like custody, support and dividing property.
- Signed Agreement — documents are signed by both parties.
- Submission to the Court — your signed agreement will be submitted to your county court for final approval and filing.
Choosing Viola Family Law for Divorce Mediation
Viola Family Law has a reputation for excellence. Hon. Kathleen McKenna, Retired Commissioner, has over 20 years of experience and her career has specialized in family law. For the last decade she served as Commissioner of the Superior Court of California and the County of San Mateo. As a Commissioner, she sat on the Family Law bench in San Mateo County hearing a variety of cases, including domestic violence, divorce proceedings and child support issues. When helping clients with matters such as custody, support and property division, she brings her extensive background as Mediator, Private Judge, and Parent Coordinator.
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