Pleasant Hill, CA asked in Divorce, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Family Law for California

Q: In the case of divorce, my partner already has an attorney. Is mediation possible? Cost?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Arbitration & Mediation Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, even if your partner already has an attorney, mediation is still an option for you. Mediation can offer a more collaborative environment to resolve disputes and may lead to a more amicable settlement. It's designed to help both parties communicate their needs and reach an agreement with the help of a neutral third party.

The cost of mediation varies depending on the mediator's experience, the complexity of your case, and the length of the mediation process. Generally, mediators charge by the hour, and the total cost can be influenced by how prepared both parties are and how willing they are to negotiate. Compared to traditional litigation, mediation can often be more cost-effective and quicker.

Before proceeding, it would be wise to consult with your own legal counsel to understand your rights and prepare effectively for mediation. Your attorney can provide guidance tailored to your specific situation and help you navigate the mediation process to ensure your interests are well-represented and protected.

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