Divorce Mediation: A More Affordable Solution than Traditional Divorce Proceedings
If you are seeking a more affordable alternative to traditional divorce proceedings, attorney Michael A. Gardner can provide divorce mediation at his office in Oakland, CA. A third-party mediator can help couples reach an amicable and civil agreement on key issues such as division of property, child custody, and other divorce-related issues. Mr. Gardner will act as a facilitator for you and your spouse and work together with each of you to achieve a fair and successful resolution.
Throughout the entire process, the main goal will be to have open communication, compromise, and to reach common agreements that will be satisfactory to both parties.
Why Mediation May Be The Right Choice for You
At Gardner & Lewis, LLP, we understand how emotionally taxing a divorce can be for both parties involved. In addition to the emotional toll it can take on couples, it can also lead to unnecessary and often unavoidable costs. Mediation provides many great advantages and benefits for couples able to reach agreements on some of the most important aspects of a divorce, including:
Less Expensive Solutions: A traditional divorce typically involves multiple attorneys, months of negotiations, and costly court fees.
Confidential Proceedings: When choosing mediation, no public record is made regarding your sessions with a mediator.
Control of the Process: As opposed to having to deal with the court system, couples are more flexible and in control of the entire process.
Mutually Beneficial Resolutions: Compromise between both parties can often be reached without having strict guidelines imposed by the court system.
Improved Communication: Through good communication, couples can often resolve issues quicker and also avoid future conflict when their divorce is facilitated by a professional mediator.
Even though mediation offers a great solution for many couples, it may not be the right option for everyone. Clients who have suffered domestic violence in their marriage or couples who are unable to reach common agreements or are unwilling to compromise on some of the major issues may find that a traditional divorce is more appropriate for their needs.
Understanding the Process
To begin the process, Mr. Gardner will speak with both parties to get some background information about your marriage history, your family, and some of the main issues that will need to be addressed. During your initial visit at our office, more information will be received regarding your assets, financials, living arrangements for children, and more. From there, questions will be asked regarding the desired outcome and solution that each party would like to see. Throughout the entire process, the main goal will be to have open communication, compromise, and to reach common agreements that will be satisfactory to both parties. Once these agreements have been reached, Mr. Gardner will write up the terms of the divorce.
Schedule an Appointment with a Mediator
If you and your spouse would like to avoid many of the challenging aspects that are often associated with divorce, attorney Michael Gardner can meet with you to discuss your options. To schedule your initial appointment, please contact us online or call Gardner & Lewis, LLP at (510) 451-4822.
“The needs of your family are always at the forefront of our legal services. Whether through litigation or mediation, we believe that reaching a fair, efficient solution with minimal negative impact to your family is of the utmost importance.” Henry F. Lewis