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Mediation & Arbitration

Mediation & Arbitration

La Mesa Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Divorce does not have to be contested, with every dispute argued in court and ruled upon by a judge. A collaborative approach to divorce, through mediation or arbitration, can offer a less expensive, less time-consuming, and less stressful approach to ending a marriage. In my 27 years as a licensed attorney, as a La Mesa divorce lawyer, I have witnessed firsthand just how advantageous such an approach can be, and I am here to provide skilled counsel through arbitration or mediation.

If you’re interested in taking a different approach to divorce, call my office at (619) 304-8499. I am here to listen and help.

Mediation vs. Arbitration

Mediation and arbitration have some similarities, but it is important to understand how these methods work if you are considering either one:

  • Mediation allows for both parties involved to negotiate directly with one another and find a mutual agreement that works in the best interests of all those involved. Instead of allowing a judge to decide the terms of the divorce, mediation gives both spouses an opportunity to discuss the terms of the separation with the help of an impartial mediator.
  • Arbitration offers divorcing spouses a private setting to present their case to an arbitrator they have selected to hear their case. After a hearing wherein he or she is presented with the issues that need to be decided upon, the arbitrator will render a decision. This decision is legally binding and typically cannot be appealed.

Mediation or arbitration may be the right option for you if:

  • Both you and your spouse came to a mutual decision to divorce
  • You desire to stay on amicable terms with your spouse
  • You are not looking to pass blame on your spouse
  • There wasn't a history of physical or emotional abuse
  • You and your spouse are looking for a quick divorce process

By taking the time to talk to you and truly understand your goals and concerns, I can help you make an informed choice about pursuing mediation or arbitration. I know what you are going through, and my objective is to work as your La Mesa divorce attorney to alleviate the stress you are experiencing, all while guiding you through toward a brighter future.

Private Mediator vs. Court-Ordered Mediation

A private mediator is usually hired by you to assist in the divorce process. During the mediation process, the main topics that are discussed are the distribution of assets and debts, child custody and support, visitation, and spousal support. If the divorce case involves children, the court will mandate a mediator under California Family Code Section 3170. The mediator will ask a series of questions and obtain information from both parents in an effort to help both parties find an agreeable plan for the child. If an agreement cannot be reached, the mediator will make recommendations to the court based on their assessment, which the judge will strongly consider when handing down a decision.

To learn if mediation is right for you, please give me a call at (619) 304-8499. I serve clients across El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and the surrounding San Diego communities.

Professional Help When You Need It Most

  • I treat my clients like family, not case numbers. My clients get the personal attention that their case deserves.
  • When you call my office, you get me! You will not be handed off. I live and breathe your case and I will be with you every step of the way.
  • As a mother of two, I understand it is important to do what's best for you and your family. You can trust, I will do just that for you.
  • I truly care about my clients and am here to help them with any legal matter they are facing.
  • I have your best interest at heart and in mind. I will patiently listen to what you want, need and value.
  • We will strategize and develop a game plan that will help you achieve your goals all while staying within your budget.

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I Have Helped

  • Thank you so much for what you did for My son!

    “I want to say thank you so much for what you did for My son.”

    Susan

  • She asked the right questions and gave me great advice on a quite complex and complicated question.

    “Andrea called me back in beneath ten minutes. She was very focused on what I told her. She asked the right questions and gave me great advice on a quite complex and complicated question. I can highly recommend her.”

    Simone

  • Andrea was extremele helpful and did an excellent job!

    “I had an uncontentious divorce so thought I could do the paperwork myself, not the case. Andrea was willing to work with us in a way that worked well for both of us. She and her amazing assistant had to undo and redo much of what I thought I did right. They got our paperwork through the court system and took all the stress off of me. Andrea was kind, attentive, transparent, of high integrity and extremely effective. I would highly recommend her!”

    Barbara L.

  • We were highly impressed with her service.

    “I am writing this to thank Andrea Schneider for the work she performed in our case of contracting without license. We were highly impressed with her service. Her ability to explain everything so clear of what was going on and everything she was going to do. If we ever get a case in which to use her services again, we would. We would recommend her to others.”

    Former Client and Wife

  • Attorney Andrea Schneider goes to great lengths for her clients.

    “Attorney Andrea Schneider goes to great lengths for her clients. Professional excellence! Keep up the great work and thank you for caring enough to get my husband started on his journey.”

    Shirley