Orange County Divorce Mediation
Divorce mediation is a process by which a couple meets with a neutral mediator instead of going to court to create a mutually-beneficial agreement. A divorce can be emotionally and financially devastating, but it doesn't have to be that way. Our Orange County divorce mediators have the experience and skillset to navigate you and your spouse through the process without ever having to go to court. We fill out all the necessary court paperwork and file everything for you
When you have decided to go your separate ways, it can be incredibly overwhelming. When you get married, your lives are intertwined. You may own a home together, have kids, and be at a loss on how to start over.
Benefits of choosing Orange County divorce mediation:
- More affordable: Mediation is often less than 1/4th of the cost of an average divorce.
- Confidential: Everything that is said inside the mediation room can never be brought into court.
- Collaborative: Instead of the court making decisions regarding your family, you do.
- Voluntary: Zero pressure environment, take things at your own pace.
What Is the Mediation Process Like?
One of the most common questions we get is about the process of mediation and how it differs from litigation. We are happy to break down the process, but keep in mind that every divorce is unique. Some of this process may or may not apply to your specific situation. If you want to know what your specific process might look like, the best bet is to contact us.
Step 1: The Consult
The first step would be to come in for a FREE 45 minute consultation with one of our mediators. You will discuss the basic facts of your situation, goals, and how you would like to move forward while learning more about the mediation process.
Step 2: The First Session
In your first session, you will discuss the things that are most important in your situation. If you have children, we will discuss a parenting plan, child support, how you will break the news (if you haven't already), and how to navigate co-parenting together as a united front. If you don't have children, many couples discuss financial concerns including real property (houses), debt, and other financial assets.
Step 3: Remaining Sessions
Depending on how complex your mediation is, you may have 2, 3, 4, or even more sessions. Typically couples collect their financial documents between these sessions and then share all information with each other. These disclosures are required by law to move forward with your divorce. We go over the division of all your assets, debts, current and future budgeting, and more.
Step 4: Signing & Final Filings
After you have collected all your information, your mediator will write your Marital Settlement agreement (MSA) that contains everything you discussed in your mediation sessions. After reviewing your agreement, you will sign all the final paperwork. Your final judgment packet will be filed with the court (we have that covered) and wait for the judge to sign off on your agreement. This can take several months. However, as soon as we receive your documents back from the court, we will send each party a copy. It will have your official divorce date included.