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How does Team Mediation Work & Why is it so Effective?
In contrast to litigation, mediation is the sane, efficient and cost effective way to work through your
potentially difficult issues and preserve your family relationships. At Peace Talks, we use the “Team
Mediation” approach and we want to share with you why this is so effective.
Congratulations! You are considering mediation as the process for resolving your divorce. In contrast to
litigation, mediation is the sane, efficient and cost effective way to work through your potentially
difficult issues and preserve your family relationships. At Peace Talks, we use the “Team Mediation”
approach and we want to share with you why this is so effective.
First, you are entering a process where you and your partner will be in control of the outcome. In other
words, you will determine the terms of your property division, the planning for your children, and any
child or spousal support. This freedom allows you to design an agreement that works for you and your
family’s needs, not one dictated by the court system.
Next, a team will be assembled to facilitate your mediation sessions. Who are the team members and
why is each one important to the process? As you are aware, part of the divorce procedure is to divide
your community property – that is the property and assets acquired during your marriage. To assist
with the financial matters, Peace Talks offers a financial neutral to help you organize, evaluate, budget
and divide your property. The financial works with both parties to provide an objective view of your
finances. This person is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
(CDFATM) who has had advanced training in the specialization of divorce. By having a financial expert
involved, you will have an accurate assessment of your financial picture and be able to make informed
Another valuable team member is the mental health coach. From our experiences at Peace Talks, we
have witnessed the traumatic and volatile nature of the divorce process. During mediation, you and
your partner may have feelings of anger, hurt, humiliation, loss, abandonment or perhaps
powerlessness. All these emotions are normal within the context of this overwhelming event. Our
mental health coaches are professionally trained family and child specialists who are present in the
room to help you process your emotions and keep the mediation moving as fast or as slowly as you
want. If necessary, you may have a separate session with them in their office or request a break to get
the mental health support you need.
The final team member is the attorney. This person has background in family law and can answer the
“legal” questions that arise in connections with property, parenting or support issues. Having an
attorney present also gives you an idea of what potential litigation outcomes could occur if your matter
was proceeding in court instead of at Peace Talks. While the attorney is not there to give you specific
legal advice, she will provide legal information when it is relevant or requested. You and your partner
are always able to seek your own outside legal counsel at any point in the process.
Clearly a team approach ensures that all of your needs, whether financial, emotional or legal, will be
met during Peace Talks mediation. Our goal is to make the process as cost effective, efficient and
healthful as possible. We know when you have children their best interests are your focus and we want
to achieve a successful outcome so that you can continue to interact with each other and your children
for a lifetime. Call us so that our team can help make this happen for you!
Peace Talks is a collaborative divorce mediation firm that helps spouses file for a divorce in a sane and
sensible manner. Peace Talks provides divorce mediation services in Los Angeles and throughout
California. We have family law attorneys, family therapists and financial consultants who can help you
file for a divorce in a way that is less expensive than the courts in Los Angeles and California.
About Peace Talks
Diana Mercer is a Parenting Plan Mediation and the founder of Peace Talks Divorce Mediation Services;
it provides mediation services, Family Divorce Mediation and child Custody. Contact Peace Talks for
More information about Divorce mediation California.
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