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Do Mediators and Therapists Really Know About Divorce and Custody Laws?

By law mediators in California are required to take courses in Family Law, and in many cases couples are assigned to a mediator by the courts. Azizeh has been working with families for over 15 years and has an extensive understanding of legal rights and obligations of divorce.

The important thing to remember is that a divorce mediator is a neutral party who cannot give advice to either parent. Azizeh’s goal as a mediator is to help you and your former partner deal with the conflict and barriers that have prevented your finding a satisfactory conclusion.

Will I Get a More Fair Deal If I Go to Court?

It is common to feel that going to court will offer you a fair and impartial settlement in your divorce and custody arrangements. In reality, the outcome of litigated cases has far greater variability than with a mediator. Is your lawyer as good as your ex-spouse’s? Can you afford the same attorney for 18-months of litigation?

As a mediator, Azizeh operates as a neutral party to keep you and your ex-partner focused on finding the best solution for you and your children. These negotiations can be difficult and working with an experienced mediator and therapist offers you a safe environment to work through your concerns, which can provide long-term benefits to your family as a system in the long-term.

Family Mediation Can Take a Lot of Time and It Isn’t Cheap. Is It Worth It?

While it is true that family mediation requires an investment of time and money, it is worth comparing it to your other options. Litigated divorce cases take an average of 18-months, while mediated cases average only 9-months. In Azizeh’s experience, using a direct approach, you can accomplish similar results in as little as four sessions. Additionally, attorney and litigation fees can range as high as $15,000 or more, while the average mediated divorce or custody case costs only $3,000.

Hiring a divorce attorney will help you finalize your divorce settlement, but court proceedings often create feelings of spite. Not to mention you will be required to abide by the decision of a judge who does not know you or your family. Mediation allows you to work collaboratively toward the best solution for you and your children in a safe, confidential environment with the guidance and support of an experienced family and couples counseling therapist.

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