Divorces and child custody disputes center on some of the most personal, intimate subjects in our lives. It is thus understandable why these fights can drag out for months, even years, in the California family court system, costing each side thousands of dollars in court costs and attorneys’ fees. A drawn-out courtroom battle can leave both sides feeling dissatisfied with the result, even more scarred by the legal process of ending the marriage than the breakup itself. Trials can also have a traumatizing effect on the children on the sidelines observing their parents as they wage war on one another.

Mediation provides an alternative to court

There is an alternative to the expensive and time-consuming process of carrying out a child custody dispute or divorce in court. Family mediation services offer a lower-conflict method of resolving your family law-related disputes, saving yourself and your children from the draining process of going to court. At the Los Angeles offices of Lavinsky Law, our California family law attorneys are trained in mediating conflicts between parents and spouses in a way that allows both sides to feel heard and respected. We make every effort to ensure that families find satisfying, workable solutions to their disputes. Contact our Los Angeles offices today for a consultation on whether mediation is the right choice for your family.

Why choose mediation?

There are many reasons why a growing number of families choose to try and mediate their disputes before resorting to court, including:

  • Flexibility: Family courts are required to resolve conflicts according to state statutes and law created by prior cases. Mediators aren’t bound by these same restrictions and can take the time to find more personal, customized solutions that suit the needs of your unique family.
  • Privacy: Courtroom battles are public, with most decisions becoming part of the public record. Mediation is a private process, offering parties the option of keeping the dispute entirely confidential.
  • Customizable format: Mediation can take on whatever format suits you best. If you know that you’re unable to be in the same room as your spouse without getting into a shouting match, you and your spouse can remain in separate rooms, with the mediator acting as a go-between.
  • Speed: Mediation can often resolve in a matter of days what would take months to achieve in court. This offers a significant cost savings from traditional courtroom conflicts.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of mediation as a means of resolving your Southern California divorce or custody issue, contact the skilled and compassionate Los Angeles family law attorneys at Lavinsky Law for a consultation, at 310-274-2717.