If your marriage is effectively over and you want to put it behind you and move on, but you want to avoid the expense and potential bitterness of a lengthy and protracted divorce proceeding, mediation may be an appropriate route to take. Mediation customarily involves less time and expense and gives you a greater role in the actual resolution of your differences.
At Butler, Thiessen & Metzinger, Inc. & Associates, Inc., we have provided sound counsel to men and women across the Central Valley in California since 1986, focusing on family law issues for more than 30 years. Our lawyers emphasize solutions, working closely with you to identify and implement ways to get the results you seek. We believe in educating our clients, helping you fully understand the law and the process, as well as your rights and options, so that you can make informed decisions that are in your best interests.
For a private consultation, call us at 209-390-8829 for an appointment.
Our Divorce And Family Law Mediation Services
In the mediation process, we will work with you and your spouse as a neutral third party, helping both of you identify mutually beneficial ways to resolve differences regarding child custody and visitation, child support, alimony or spousal support, and the division of marital debts and assets. As a neutral third party, we won’t make decisions for you. We won’t consider legal arguments or make rulings on evidence, but we will help you see the benefits of avoiding litigation to settle your disputes.
We have extensive experience in divorce litigation, so we clearly understand the benefits of avoiding the traditional divorce process. Mediation does not involve discovery of evidence, such as depositions or the production of documents, thereby saving you considerable time and money. Mediation can frequently be set up within a short period of time, thereby moving you toward resolution in a timely manner. Furthermore, in mediation, you make suggestions or recommendations of ways to settle your differences, taking an active role in the resolution of your dispute, rather than waiting for a third party to issue a ruling. Mediation is akin to negotiation, in that both sides can continually offer concessions to make the process work — it’s not a win-lose situation.