Solana Beach Mediation Lawyer

Sometimes complex family law matters can be resolved through means other than litigation. At Ratzer|Dobis, our Solana Beach mediation attorneys have extensive experience using mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods to obtain the results you desire. Ratzer|Dobis is committed to providing tailored legal representation. Our backgrounds as litigation lawyers make us uniquely qualified to resolve mediation and ADR cases. If you have a family law dispute you want resolved using mediation tactics, we will work to obtain the outcome you want.

Alternatives to Litigation

During mediation, an attorney acts as the neutral party between two opposing sides. Effective mediation attorneys are able to pinpoint when and why communication between the two parties breaks down and can help resolve the contributing issues so that both parties can come to mutually agreed upon terms. Mediation offers a variety of benefits over litigation such as:

  • Less costs
  • More control over the process
  • Less time-consuming

At Ratzer|Dobis, our Solana Beach mediation attorneys work to help you resolve your case as quickly, amicably and inexpensively as possible, while also keeping a firm grasp on obtaining the goals you desire. It has been our experience that if both parties are able to set aside acrimonious feeling toward one another and work on compromising to reach a shared goal, a resolution can be reached with mediation. Our goal is to use our substantial experience to achieve an outcome with which you will be comfortable.

Mediation Can Help Maintain Your Privacy

By handling the divorce through a mediator, you will also keep the situation more private. In a divorce through litigation, the entire process is open for the public to witness. Public divorces are not just something that happens to celebrities. They also happen to everyday people who want to keep their affairs out of sight, possibly from other family members and friends. We understand that you value privacy during a situation like this, which is why we value the option of mediation over litigation if the situation allows for that alternative.

Divorce Dispute Solutions That Can Work for You

Depending on your situation, we may recommend undergoing mediation or other ADR processes to address a wide range of divorce issues. These methods may be ideal if you want to avoid the animosity that can sometimes arise during litigation procedures, especially when addressing the following issues:

  • If there will be a spouse of lesser means in the aftermath of a separation, it will need to be decided whether there will be temporary or permanent alimony payments.
  • This can include issues over either physical or legal custody. It will need to be decided whether parents will share custody or whether one parent will have sole custody.
  • Child support issues are regulated by the state, but mediation can help ensure that both parties are on the same page when it comes to reported income, necessary childcare expenses, etc.
  • All property in California needs to be divided equitably between the divorcing spouses. This can become a complicated process, particularly for longer marriages. For shorter marriages, this may be easier handled in mediation.

When Is Mediation Not Suggested?

Mediation is particularly helpful when most of the issues in a divorce process are uncontested. That does not mean every little detail needs to be agreed upon before a mediator is brought in. A mediator will be able to help resolve most minor disagreements. However, there are cases in which it may not be beneficial to have a mediator:

  • If there are significant property and asset disputes.
  • When there are major disagreements over child custody, visitation, and support.
  • If the circumstances surrounding the divorce create an emotionally charged situation (i.e. allegations of adultery, physical or emotional abuse, alcohol or drug abuse, etc.).
  • If there are significant assets and property between the two spouses.

When you speak to our attorneys about alternative dispute resolution methods, we will be able to guide you in the direction that is best for your case. If we think mediation is a good alternative, we will tell you so. However, we will also be sure to let you know when we think mediation is not appropriate.

What Is the Role of the Mediator?

In California, a mediator is going to be a neutral third party decided on by both parties involved. They are not there to represent one spouse against the other. Rather, they are there to help both spouses find common ground and ensure that both parties are treated fairly.

A mediator does not necessarily have to be an attorney, though, at Ratzer|Dobis, our attorneys do act as mediators. Having an attorney act as a mediator has advantages. A family law attorney understands the ins and outs of every aspect of a divorce case. When the mediation moves towards a final divorce agreement, the attorney handling the mediation will already be familiar with the case and will be able to help complete the final agreement and ensure it is moved into the court system to be finalized.

At Ratzer|Dobis, our goal is to provide you with the personalized legal service your situation requires, whether that is through litigation or mediation services. To arrange a consultation with one of our Solana Beach mediation lawyers, contact us via our free online form or call us today at (858) 793-7700.  We will evaluate the factors surrounding your case and advise how we can help you resolve your family law issue.


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