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Pasadena divorce mediation  Lawyer

UNLIKE COURT, MEDIATION GIVES YOU THE POWER TO BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR LEGAL ISSUES.

WE PROVIDE DIVORCE MEDIATION SERVICES!

PASADENA DIVORCE MEDIATOR & LAWYER

THE 3 DIFFERENT KINDS OF MEDIATION IN DIVORCE:

1. DSO: (Free) Daily Settlement Officers are volunteer lawyers who come to the courthouse, and your judge may send you to that person to try to settle your case on the day of your hearing after one or both of you have already filed court papers potentially filled with allegations about the other spouse.

2. Conciliation Court: (Free) Mandatory mediation at the courthouse by a therapist is required before the judge can talk to you about a request that either parent has made regarding custody or visitation. These mediators can only help with custody and visitation (and not child support or other issues). 

3. Private Mediation: (Costs vary) At any time before or during your child custody, legal separation, or divorce matter, couples can hire one neutral lawyer (or a non-lawyer) to help resolve all of the issues and concerns, including spousal support, property division, child custody, and child support. From our experience, a mediated settlement before asking for a hearing date almost always costs a fraction of the cost of each spouse hiring an attorney to make court appearances for temporary orders and a trial. In fact, in many cases, an entire mediation may cost the same as the initial retainer fee for one single court attorney.

wHAT’S THE ROLE OF A MEDIATOR IN A DIVORCE?

The role of a mediator is that of a neutral to facilitate discussions leading to your family law agreement. The mediation process will typically have both parties in the same room with the mediator to work out the terms of your divorce or custody agreement. Some people think of a mediator as a referee. Since the mediator is an unbiased neutral, both of you need to meet your neutral mediator together. If one of you goes to meet your mediator alone, the other spouse/partner may feel that the mediator cannot be impartial after meeting without them. Therefore, when one of you calls the mediator to schedule an initial consultation, make sure not to discuss your case; just schedule the mediation consultation when it is convenient for both spouses/partners and the mediator.

HOW TO CHOOSE A MEDIATOR

The role of a mediator is that of a neutral to facilitate discussions leading to your family law agreement. The mediation process will typically have both parties in the same room with the mediator to work out the terms of your divorce or custody agreement. Some people think of a mediator as a referee. Since the mediator is an unbiased neutral, both of you need to meet your neutral mediator together. If one of you goes to meet your mediator alone, the other spouse/partner may feel that the mediator cannot be impartial after meeting without them. Therefore, when one of you calls the mediator to schedule an initial consultation, make sure not to discuss your case; just schedule the mediation consultation when it is convenient for both spouses/partners and the mediator.

You will need to make a few decisions to settle your case. Besides what method to use (such as co-mediation, mediation, and collaborative law), you will need to ensure that you, your mediator, and/or lawyer are a good fit. Experience, training, and a passion for settlement are all qualities to look for. If you have children, you may want to know whether your mediator has raised any children. In addition, you may have an idea of what you are looking for in a peacemaker and then change your mind because you have found someone who is a good fit in other ways. For instance, you feel at ease and trust her. This is the most important factor above all others.

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"The old saying goes: "I don't know where I'd be without 'such-and-such.'" Well, I can honestly say that without Leslie, Jimmy, and the incredible team at Amicable Divorce Services (ADS), I WOULD know where I'd be without them. I would be without everything that I've worked hard for; my house, all my assets, forking over money to pay all the bills, etc." Read more on Yelp.

D.B

As with many people, I am no fan of attorneys in general.
Leslie Howell is the exception to that.
During a high stress situation, she was extremely knowledgeable, answering every question and was very helpful.  She is very professional.  Nobody really wins with divorces, but Leslie made the process smooth and fair which I appreciated.  Thank you so much."

A.M

"Leslie provides a great service she is professional and takes time to explain everything very thoroughly. She guided us through all of our options and was honest about fees for each avenue. I have no doubt she has her clients best interest at heart. The process for what it is, was straight forward. She made what's not easy as easy as it probably could be. I would recommend her mediation services to anyone looking for a simple less expensive option to court procedures."

C.S

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OUR GOAL AT AMICABLE DIVORCE SERVICES  IS TO HELP COUPLES AND FAMILIES RESOLVE THEIR CONCERNS PEACEFULLY AND EFFICIENTLY REGARDING THE CHILDREN, FINANCES, AND PROPERTY WITHOUT GOING TO COURT.