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California Divorce Financial Planning offers an efficient, cost-effective and confidential process for working on solutions in a private setting rather than going to court.
You and your spouse will meet with an experienced divorce financial mediator who will serve as a neutral third-party to help you resolve property division, support and other financial related issues. The goal is to come to an agreement that can be incorporated into your final settlement agreement.
We facilitate an open and free exchange of information, focused on problem-solving. This reduces conflict, freeze that both parties to negotiate with each other and confidence, and models future cooperative behavior – an important objective when children are involved. Couples are generally more willing to comply with the terms of the solution they have drawn at themselves the one that has been dictated to them.
Since both parties are working with the same basic information, it usually takes far less time to negotiate a settlement.
Unlike a judge, the mediator does not make decisions for you. Instead, he or she will help you explore alternatives. The aim is for you and your spouse to reach solutions tailored to the specific needs and objectives of you and your family.
We recommend that each party hire a consulting attorney to advise you during the process, review the preliminary agreement and assist with preparation and filing of all legal documents. You may also choose to have your attorney accompany you to your mediation sessions. Your consulting attorney will make sure that you fully understand all of the legal implications of your final Settlement.
If an agreement cannot be reached, you are free to litigate. The mediation process you have gone through remains confidential, and your mediator cannot be called to testify in court, if you choose to litigate after mediation.