Chandler Divorce Mediator

Almost all divorce and family law cases end the same way – by a judge entering an order resolving whatever property, support or custody issues there are in the case. How that final order comes into being depends on whether or not the parties are able to agree on what that final order should say on each issue. If the parties cannot agree, then they must go to court where a judge will conduct a trial and decide how the parties’ property will be divided, how they will share custody of their children, and/or determine how much support, if any, will be paid.

If the parties are able to agree between themselves on the issues in their case without needing a judge to tell them, then they can “settle” their case “out-of-court.” In so doing, the parties decide between themselves the best way to divide their property, or share time with their children, or determine how much child support or spousal maintenance, if any, shoud be paid by one spouse to the other. The parties then write up their agreement like a contract, which they sign and deliver to the judge for approval, all without ever having to set foot in a courtroom.

It is no surprise that most people prefer to complete their divorce by settling out of court. Not only is it usually much less expensive, but it is often faster and less emotionally draining than waiting for a trial to be held months in the future and then waiting months after that for the judge to make a decision. Unfortunately, it takes more than just good intentions for people on opposite sides of an emotional divorce or other family law case to actually reach an agreement. Most people in this situation benefit from hiring a neutral third-party (a “mediator”) to help them discuss their disagreements and reach a settlement without getting sidetracked by anger, mistrust or fear. The mediator does not decide for the parties like a judge does; the mediator helps the parties discuss and decide between themselves the best answer for any given problem.

Divorce mediation through the Law Office of Louis Lombardo, PC has a number of other advantages over going to trial. Not only is the amount of time and cost involved significantly less, but mediation can teach the parties how to cooperate and compromise, thereby minimizing the likelihood that the parties will have to return to court if a new disagreement arises in the future. Mediation also allows the parties to be more creative in how to resolve their problems. A judge must divide property, award custody and enter other orders in a court case according to a strict set of laws. Working out a settlement lets the parties decide what is a fair outcome based on their own opinions and beliefs. Our law firm will also provide you with invaluable information about what Arizona law says should happen in your case, and what customarily happens when a judge does have to decide an issue under the law when parties cannot settle. The mediation process is also confidential, so the parties are able to voice their concerns in a private setting. Our office makes no recording of who said or did what in the process of reaching that final agreement, or why someone agreed to what they did. And even though Mr. Lombardo has well over twenty years experience as a family law attorney, the parties can still have their own independent lawyers to assist them in the process.

The hard part about mediating your divorce is being willing to meet with the other side and discuss a compromise. Our office can help by providing the environment and guidance to make your divorce mediation successful.


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