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TEN BIG REASONS TO TRY MEDIATION

1. IT COSTS LESS.

  • The typical divorce costs upwards of $40,000 in attorneys fees. And  if child custody is involved, attorney fees can easily rocket up to  $100,000+. A typical retainer fee in Orange County is between $5,000 and  $15,000. By the time you and your spouse have each paid the minimum  retainer fee of $5,000, you have already exceeded the cost of a typical  mediation. Mediation generally costs between $5,000 and $7,000 and that  cost is usually shared with your spouse.


2. YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER TIMING

  • You, not an overburdened court and not your busy attorney, are in  control of the timing and pace of the decision making process.  Agreements can be reached as quickly or as slowly as you need.


3. YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER DECISIONS AND AGREEMENTS

  • You and your spouse determine the terms of your marital settlement  agreement, not the judge and not attorneys. By using mediation, you can  create an agreement that will fit your unique situation.


4. YOU WILL UNDERSTAND YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

  • Unlike the courts and most attorneys, a mediator will have the time  to carefully explain all the legal information you’ll need to fully  understand your legal rights and obligations and who will work with you  to help you make decisions that will work for both of you.


  • 5. MEDIATION IS EASIER ON YOUR CHILDREN.
  • The most difficult aspect of your divorce is dealing with its impact  on your children. They have already likely dealt with the strain and  conflict between you and your spouse. The focus of mediation is not the  angry court fight. Instead the focus is on reaching a consensual  resolution of all issues, including custody and support, in a  constructive and non-threatening manner. Your children will cope with  your divorce much better if they know that Dad and Mom are working  together to make their future life as safe and as near-normal as  possible.


6. LESS “EMOTIONAL COST”

  • The absence of courts and combative attorneys lowers the emotional  stress of divorce and makes it easier to work together toward resolution  of your important issues, such as child schedules, retirement assets,  medical insurance. With a mediator, you and your spouse have the  opportunity to resolve many of the personal emotional issues that arise  in divorce and that can hinder clear thinking.


7. MEDIATION IS PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL

  • Everything you and your spouse discuss in mediation is private and  confidential. There are no public court hearings where you have to tell  your story in front of strangers and where you are subject to  cross-examination by an attorney.


8. CO-PARENTING SKILLS ENHANCED

  • You and your spouse will learn how to co-parent effectively, greatly reducing the stress of divorce on your children.


9. VERY HIGH COMPLIANCE RATE

  • Because mediation is voluntary and you and your spouse make all  decisions, there is a very high “compliance rate” on issues of spousal  and child support. Nationwide, the compliance rate for mediated divorces  is 80%. In contrast, the compliance rate for litigated divorces is 40%.  This means that your agreements are “for real.” Neither you nor your  spouse will have to go to court to re-argue an issue that you both have  settled by consent.


10. MEDIATION SESSIONS FIT YOUR SCHEDULE AND NEEDS

Instead of having to fit your schedule around that of your busy attorney  or the overburdened court, YOU have control over when and for how long  you will mediate. After-hours appointments are available by arrangement.