Divorce Mediation is an alternative, less adversarial, way to solve disputes and find resolution in marital and divorce issues without lengthy and expensive litigation. In Mediation, all custody, support and property issues are resolved in accordance with applicable California Law, the same as if each party had their own attorney.
The Mediator facilitates the full disclosure of assets and obligations, as required by law, and assures that each of the parties' rights are protected. All necessary court forms and documents are prepared by the Mediator. No court appearances are necessary.
The couple meets with the neutral third-party mediator who does not take sides. The mediator has legal experience in family law and divorce and helps the parties avoid court and instead create a mutually-beneficial agreement.
A divorce can be emotionally and financially devastating, but it doesn't have to be that way. Attorney/Mediator, Haleh Rashidi has the experience and skill-set to navigate you and your spouse through the process without ever having to go to court. She will fill out all the necessary court paperwork and file everything for you.
Benefits of choosing an experienced divorce mediator:
- Neutral third-party mediator does not take sides but rather facilitates the settlement between the parties with the legal knowledge and past trial experience in Orange County courts.
- 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.
- Less stress on everyone, including children of the marriage
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.
Step 1: The Consult (conducted via Zoom or teleconference with both parties)
The first step would be to come in for a 30-45 minute consultation. 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, we will collect some information from both parties in order to file the divorce case for you and open up a case (this is done by the mediator and you do not need to go to court for this). Then 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. 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. All this will be done without ever stepping into a courtroom.