FRESNO FAMILY LAW MEDIATION ATTORNEYS HELP WORK OUT COMPLICATED ISSUES
Family Law Mediation in California
Getting a divorce is stressful regardless of the circumstances. If possible, it is advisable to reduce the tension, stress and complications by settling the details of the divorce through mediation instead of more contentious court proceedings. Mediation is often the best option for individuals who wish to avoid litigation and come to agreements amicably. There are peaceful, private solutions available that can meet everyone’s needs without involving the court.
At the Law Offices of Rick Banks, we focus on alternatives to the court system through collaborative law as well as mediation. Depending on the facts of the case and the circumstances, families and children may be best served by resolving all matters amicably. In addition, with mediation, families will likely have more control over the decisions that are made, which could potentially affect them for the rest of their lives. To obtain more information about this process, please contact our law office at (559) 222-4891.
Who Can Benefit from Mediation in Fresno?
Family law mediation services can help individuals who are:
- Going through a divorce
- Settling a legal separation
- Negotiating child custody and visitation
- Calculating child support
- Determining spousal support
- Dividing assets including bank accounts, real estate and retirement plans
- Allocating debts
Advantages of Mediation over Litigation in Fresno
Mediation is a confidential process during which an attorney mediator works as a neutral facilitator to help couples identify their issues. During the mediation, both sides can raise their concerns and come together to formulate creative solutions. This agreement is then submitted to the court for approval without either party having to go to court.
Here are just a few reasons why mediation is often preferable to court involvement:
- Privacy: When both parties agree on mediation, they have the opportunity to keep their information private and confidential in an informal setting.
- Cost-effective: Instead of each party paying their own lawyer, mediation only requires one attorney to act as a mediator. So, the parties can share the costs.
- Control: During the mediation process, both parties have control over their future without intervention from a judge or attorney.
- Efficiency: The mediation process is often quicker than going to court and easier to schedule.
- Less stress: During mediation, both parties will have an opportunity to speak freely and constructively in a respectful manner.
Making the Right Decisions
However, not all divorces should be settled with a mediator. For example, if you are the victim of domestic abuse, you may feel unable to speak your mind freely during the mediation process. Mediation is also not advisable if you believe your ex is concealing assets, if you are in a disadvantaged bargaining position or if you feel intimidated by your ex.
For just about everyone else, mediation is a preferable way to come to an agreement. Mediation is also useful for cases that do not involve divorce. You can use a mediator to clear up disputes over contracts, to resolve issues with your neighbors and for a number of other important business-related issues. If you have complicated disagreements with regard to your divorce, please do not hesitate to call us at (559) 222-4891 and find out how we can help.