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Berkeley, California, Divorce Mediation Attorney

Mediation is an extremely effective method of resolving differences in family law disputes.

David Welty advises clients in mediation sessions to help them protect their interests and achieve positive solutions. He also serves as a neutral mediator in mediation sessions. Mr. Welty has had special training in mediation and has extensive experience using it as a tool in family law and civil disputes.

If you are interested in learning more about mediation to resolve a family law problem, call our law office in Berkeley, California, at (510) 250-3778 or send us an e-mail.

The Mediation Process

In a mediation session, the parties meet with a neutral mediator in an attempt to forge mutually acceptable solutions to family law problems. Each party usually has a lawyer present to provide advice and to protect his or her interests. The mediator identifies areas of agreement and disagreement and attempts to guide the parties towards practical solutions that enable them to move forward in a positive manner. Mediation is not just a matter of "splitting the difference." In fact, a skilled mediator can often guide the parties to creative solutions they would not have been able to develop on their own, or through divorce litigation.

Mediation can be applied to a wide range of family law and civil matters. In divorce, mediation can be particularly useful in resolving questions involving child custody and visitation as well as property division.

The Benefits of Mediation

The benefits of mediation are many:

  • Rather than letting a judge decide your case, the parties themselves determine the shape and specific details of the solution.
  • Divorce mediation produces satisfactory outcomes with much less emotional turmoil. This benefits the parties and other family members, particularly children.
  • It is usually much less expensive than litigation, because the parties share the costs. Because divorce mediation usually produces results much faster than litigation, the parties tend not to spend as much money on legal fees or expenses.
  • Divorce mediation is aimed at developing forward-looking outcomes.

As a dispute resolution tool, mediation is not appropriate for resolving every kind of family law problem. David Welty can discuss your situation and help you decide on the right tool to use to resolve your legal problem. If mediation is right for you, he can advise you during the mediation process or serve as a neutral mediator himself.

Free Initial Consultation With an Oakland-Area Family Lawyer

For a free initial consultation, call (510) 250-3778 or contact us online. From our office in Berkeley, we serve clients in Piedmont, Oakland and surrounding areas.