What Is Divorce Mediation?
We understand that the decision to divorce can be a difficult one. There are many paths you can take and divorce mediation is one of them. Divorce mediation is a collaborative alternative to traditional divorce litigation. Divorce mediation is a voluntary process through which you make decisions together with your spouse based on an understanding of your views, your spouse's views, and the reality you face. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, our goal is to provide our clients with the personal attention necessary throughout every step of the process to ensure the best possible outcome can be achieved.
Our Approach to Divorce Mediation
Our goal is to be compassionate and helpful during the challenges you may face in your life. At GFT, LLP, we provide our clients with the professional and gentle service necessary to walk you through divorce proceedings, which can be an incredibly difficult time. The decision to divorce is never an easy one and divorce mediation is a voluntary process through which you make decisions together with your spouse based on an understanding of your views, your spouse's views, and the reality you face. A mediator facilitates your discussions but does not give advice or make decisions.
At Gilligan, Frisco, & Trutanich LLP, we will always do our best to advocate for you in order to obtain the most amicable outcome possible in such a difficult situation.
How Divorce Mediation Works
At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, we find that mediation is one of the most painless methods of separating with a former spouse and we are able to offer the resources need to make it run smoothly. Mediation allows both spouses to speak to a mutually agreed upon attorney in order to resolve any prior issues. The mediation process can be done in person or remotely via digital methods. During the mediation process, the divorce mediator may make suggestions as to how the various disputed issues can be resolved and what the process would be if the matter were litigated. The parties meet with the divorce mediator to identify issues, complete exchanges of information, and use non-adversarial problem-solving techniques to come to an agreement. The parties can be supported in their decision-making by their own advising lawyer and other professionals such as, valuation experts, financial planners, accountants, and mental health professionals.
FAQs About Divorce Mediation
What is mediation?
Mediation is a non-adversarial alternative to traditional divorce litigation that aims to take the conflict out of the separation process.
What does a mediator do?
A mediator wears many hats. They may open the lines of communication between spouses to clarify their points of view, offer insight about the legal system, and identify alternative tactics for problem solving.
Do I have to get along with my spouse in order to do mediation?
No. You just have to be willing to attempt to do things amicably.
Can we solve child custody issues with mediation?
Sure. All of the same complicated issues involved in traditional divorce litigation can be resolved through mediation.
How long does mediation take?
Every separation is different, but most mediation cases usually take three to four two-hour sessions.
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Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, was co-founded by John J. Gilligan, who has been practicing family law in Long Beach since 1981. Janine M. Frisco is also a partner, as is Kristin Trutanich. Together, they are the area’s most comprehensive legal stronghold.
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We have two offices conveniently located in the Long Beach & Manhattan Beach. We represent clients in courts throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties.
Long Beach Office
One World Trade Center, Suite #1740
Long Beach, CA 90831
Manhattan Beach Office
1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 500,
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266