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Divorce Mediation in Los Angeles County, California

Divorce is notorious for being a stressful and emotionally draining experience. However, there is an alternative to the traditional adversarial approach – divorce mediation. Don't be afraid to divorce differently.  

As an experienced family law attorney based in Los Angeles County, I've helped numerous clients achieve mutually beneficial settlements through the use of mediation.  

So what exactly is divorce mediation? 

It's a process where a neutral, certified third party assists couples in negotiating and compromising on the critical issues in their divorce. One of its many benefits is being a more cost-effective alternative to traditional divorce proceedings.  

If you're curious whether mediation is the right path for your divorce or separation, don't hesitate to reach out to my California family law firm. During an initial consultation, we can discuss your specific case and determine the best course of action for you and your family.

When and Why Choose Divorce Mediation? 

Divorce mediation is ideal for couples who seek: 

  • Collaborative resolution: It allows both parties to work together to reach a fair agreement tailored to their unique circumstances. 

  • Control over decision-making: Unlike court-decided outcomes, mediation places the power back in the hands of the divorcing couple. 

  • Confidentiality: Mediation is a private process, whereas court proceedings are typically available as public records. 

  • Reduced costs: Because it can help people avoid lengthy court disputes, mediation often proves to be a more economical option. 

  • Less stress: Through guided dialogue and negotiation, couples can avoid the animosity that often accompanies a litigated divorce. 

While all of these are great benefits for divorce mediation, it's not the best route for everyone. In some cases involving domestic violence or extreme power imbalances, alternative methods will be necessary.  

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The Mediation Process in California 

If you and your spouse agree to mediation, it's important to understand the process before beginning.  

The first stage is the initial meeting where the mediator gets acquainted with the parties and their issues and outlines the rules and goals of the mediation. Both parties will be encouraged to openly express their needs and concerns.  

Throughout the mediation sessions, the mediator facilitates discussions and negotiations by identifying the issues, encouraging cooperative problem-solving, and helping the parties find common ground. These sessions are tailored to the couple's dynamics and the complexity of their disputes.  

Mediators may also employ caucuses, which are private meetings with each party to explore alternatives and negotiate without the pressure of the other party's immediate reaction. This can be particularly useful for resolving more sensitive or contentious issues. 

Once an agreement is reached, the mediator drafts a settlement agreement, which captures all of the terms of the divorce (which I'll discuss in more detail below). The parties then review the agreement with independent legal counsel before signing. 

The final step is the filing of the agreement with the court. Once it is filed and approved by a judge, the agreement becomes an enforceable court order, ensuring that the mediated settlement has the same legal standing as any other divorce judgment in California. 

Issues You'll Address in Divorce Mediation 

In California, mediation is mandatory when a parent requests a court order related to child custody or when a stepparent or grandparent requests visitation with a child. It's required because the state recognizes the value of mediation in preserving relationships between co-parents. In divorce cases, however, mediation is voluntary but often encouraged by judges.  

If you're dealing with domestic abuse, rest assured that California has special rules to ensure your safety and well-being during the mediation process. 

Child Support

During mediation, parents have the opportunity to discuss and come to an agreement on child support arrangements. This includes determining the financial support that one parent will provide to the other for the upbringing and well-being of their children. Mediation allows for a fair and balanced discussion, taking into consideration the needs of the child and the financial capabilities of each parent. 


Another crucial aspect that mediation can address is alimony, also known as spousal support. Mediation provides a platform for both parties to discuss and negotiate the terms of alimony, taking into account factors such as:  

  • The length of the marriage. 

  • Each party's financial situation. 

  • Each party's respective contributions during the marriage. 

Through open and facilitated communication, mediation can help you establish a fair and sustainable alimony arrangement that meets your needs and respects your ex. 

Property Division 

One of the most complex issues in a divorce is the division of property. Mediation offers a constructive and collaborative approach to address this issue. During mediation sessions, the couple can discuss and find mutually agreeable solutions for dividing their assets and liabilities. This can include:  

  • The family home 

  • Vehicles 

  • Investments 

  • Other shared property 

In short, mediation offers a thorough, collaborative, and efficient way to resolve different issues in a divorce. From child support to alimony and property division, mediation offers a platform for open dialogue and negotiation, enabling couples to reach mutually beneficial agreements that align with their unique circumstances. 

How Can I Help You? 

As your attorney, I'm committed to helping you find amicable solutions to your family law problems. If mediation is the best route for you and your spouse to take when seeking divorce, I'll guide you through the process and ensure that your rights and interests are protected. It's my goal to help you achieve a fair and equitable resolution in a compassionate and understanding manner. 

The Role of an Attorney in Mediation 

While mediation aims to reduce conflict and promote cooperative problem-solving between divorcing parties, a lawyer's guidance is still essential. While the mediator facilitates the negotiation process, they cannot provide legal advice to either party. This is where I come in. 

Having an attorney by your side during mediation means having an advocate who is focused on protecting your interests. I can help you: 

  • Prepare for mediation by helping you identify your priorities and the outcomes you wish to achieve. 

  • Understand complex legal jargon and clarify the nuances of family law as they apply to your case. 

  • Evaluate proposed agreements to ensure they are fair, equitable, and in line with local laws. 

  • Advise you on the long-term implications of the mediated settlement, including tax considerations and potential future disputes. 

  • Draft and review all legal documents associated with your mediation to ensure accuracy and thoroughness. 

When it comes to settling sensitive matters such as child custody, support, and division of property, you shouldn't have to go through it alone. With my experience, you will walk into mediation informed, prepared, and confident that your rights are being protected every step of the way. Together, we can move towards an outcome that aligns with both your values and the best interests of your family. 

Divorce Mediation Attorney in
Los Angeles County, California

Are you considering divorce mediation in California? Reach out to me at LazorLaw. Let's schedule a consultation so you can learn more about how mediation can benefit you. As a Certified Family Law Specialist, I can help you move forward in your life with confidence and peace of mind, no matter what shape your divorce case takes.