The Hunter Law Group Articles Why Mediation is the Best Divorce Process

Why Mediation is the Best Divorce Process

By The Hunter Law Group  Aug. 12, 2013 2:11p

Everyone has heard of or seen the most difficult way to get a divorce, which is through contested courtroom litigation. In that scenario, both sides are represented by their own attorney who will present evidence to the court in an effort to outmaneuver the other party. These types of divorces can be very adversarial, emotionally depleting, and can seriously impact one's finances. They can also be lengthy, dependent on court schedules, very public, and the results can be unsatisfactory for both parties who must comply with whatever the judge decides. Couples who go through a heavily contested divorce in litigation give up ultimate control over the divorce settlement because they are subject to a court ruling.

Divorce mediation is a much less contentious way to handle a divorce. It is done through private sessions where a third party mediator helps the divorcing couple work through their differences to achieve a mutually-acceptable divorce agreement. This agreement can then be submitted to the court for approval. In this scenario, however, the two parties must be willing to peacefully negotiate with one another on all of the issues at hand. These issues include such matters as child custody and visitation, spousal support, and the division of marital property and debts. The negotiating sessions are private, held at the convenience of the parties involved, with each party having the full and complete freedom to make decisions and veto any provision they find unacceptable. With the professional advice of their own attorney, each party can make informed choices that will generally prove to be more satisfactory than court orders handed down in contested cases.

Divorce and Family Law Firm in Mission Viejo, California

Contemplating and going through a divorce can be a difficult and emotionally challenging experience. Many factors can complicate this process, from the issue of child custody and parenting plans to what to do with the family home, the family pet, and how to handle holidays and summer vacations. In the most complicated divorces, complex financial matters and histories may need to be sorted out, from retirement and / or pension plans to business investments and more. All of these issues can be overwhelming for anyone who is already emotionally fragile or upset about the dissolution of their marriage.

Hunter Law Group is a divorce and family law firm serving clients throughout Orange County with proficient and dedicated legal service. Founding attorney Daniel Hunter has more than a decade of experience in this field of law. He and the legal team have provided effective legal assistance in all types of family law cases, from highly contested divorce to child custody disputes, domestic violence situations, those needing premarital or post marital agreements, those involved in paternity cases, and more. This is a firm with proven results in both Orange County and Los Angeles courts. To learn more about how the firm can help you, contact their offices to arrange for a consultation.

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